MEPs condemn the assassination of Islam critic, Rafiq Tagi

In early December, Mina Ahadi, Nick Cohen, Richard Dawkins, Taslima Nasrin, Salman Rushdie, Joan Smith and I wrote a letter to the European parliament calling on them to condemn and investigate the assassination of Islam critic Rafiq Tagi. Mina Ahadi delivered our letter during her meeting with the office of the European Parliament President.

Mina has just informed me that Members of the European Parliament have this week condemned Rafiq Tagi’s assassination and expressed concern over the safety of his colleague, Samir Sadagatoglu, the editor of Sanat newspaper. They have also called on the Azerbaijani government to ensure a thorough investigation into his murder and for the prosecution of the perpetrators.

If you recall, in 2006 Ayatollah Lankarani issued a death fatwa against him. Ayatollah Lankarani’s son (whose father has since died) saluted Tagi’s murder; the Islamic regime of Iran’s paper gleefully wrote ‘Azerbaijan’s Salman Rushdie is dead.’ [Read more...]

The truth surrounding Rafiq Tagi’s assassination must come to light

The below letter by writers and campaigners, including Taslima Nasrin and Salman Rushdie, will be submitted to the EU today when Mina Ahadi meets with delegates about the need for a condemnation of and investigation into writer and Islam critic Rafiq Tagi’s assassination: [Read more...]