Arrested Muslim Leader: No Islam Fundamentalism in Bulgaria

Politics | February 25, 2007, Sunday // 00:00| Views: | Comments: 0
Bulgaria: Arrested Muslim Leader: No Islam  Fundamentalism in Bulgaria Ali Hayredin (L) claimed his web page did not in any way tried to incite to radical Islamism. Photo by Yuliana Nikolova (Sofia Photo Agency)

There is no Islam fundamentalism in Bulgaria, the former Sofia mufti Ali Hayredin claimed at a press conference on Sunday.

The conference on Islam and fundamentalism was triggered by Hayderin's arres earlier in the week on accusation he was the leader of a group that incited to radical Islamism and changes in the Bulgarian constitution.

Hayredin claimed the web page,, for which he works does in no way incite to radical Islamism and jihad. If there is such site on the Internet, it is now developed, updated and owned by the Muslim Brothers Union, whose chairman is Hayredin, he himself added.

"If I was such a dangerous criminal, do you think the court would have arrested me for just 72 hours and let me go on a BGN 100 bail," he asked rhetorically.

As a conclusion of the conference, Hayderin said he will seek his right in the court.
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