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No charges to be filed over prophet cartoons

March 16, 2006

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— Denmark's top prosecutor said Wednesday he will not press charges against the newspaper that first published the Prophet Muhammad drawings that triggered deadly protests by Muslims worldwide.

The prosecutor's ruling prompted the Foreign Ministry to upgrade its travel warnings for Muslim countries from Algeria to Malaysia.

Director of Public Prosecutions Henning Fode upheld the decision of a regional prosecutor, who said the drawings published in Jyllands-Posten on Sept. 30 did not violate Danish law. Fode's decision cannot be appealed.

His ruling said the 12 cartoons did not violate bans on racist and blasphemous speech.

Jyllands-Posten has apologized for offending Muslims but stood by its decision to publish the cartoons, citing the protections of freedom of speech.

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