Many thanks to Hermes for translating this article from Donaufalter-Zeitung:
If the man needs sex, he is allowed to beat his wife
Islamist from Basel has the right to say such thing openly, court of justice ruled.
Aziz Osmanoglu, 36, the secretary of the Muslim community in Basel lives in strict accordance with the Koran. “I stand by it entirely. I regret nothing of what I said at that time”. He stood trial again.
In the documentary from the SF1 channel called “behind the veil”, Aziz Osmanoglu was one of the chief characters. There he explained to the viewers:
“A (Muslim) man needs sex, that’s why in extreme cases he is allowed to beat his wife if she refuses. If he did not do that, then the man would look for another partner, and this is not acceptable in Islam”
He finds whipping or cutting off hands a proper punishment for thieves. “I would willingly stand for Sharia”, he said additionally in an interview. What does he have the stomach for? Many from the audience shook their heads.
The reaction from the public prosecutor’s office:
Osmanoglu was denounced for “public instigation to crime and violence”. The Muslim was at first instance released by the court.
But the issue went ahead in the court of appeal.
During yesterday’s trial, the judge stated that “the declarations of the accused are clear instigations to violence. And as the secretary of a Muslim organization, he has a great capability of influencing others.”
Osmanoglu denied the charges. He wanted to overcome the preconceptions about the Muslims, and not call for violence. People have picked out the statements from the whole context of the documentary, and he did nothing unlawful.
The president of the court, Claudius Gelzer, judged the declarations of Osmanoglu as censurable: “violence against women is strongly deserving of condemnation; these declarations are neither morally nor ethically right.”
In spite of this, Osmanoglu was once again released because he did not call directly for anyone to behave like that.
Sharia lives. Among us. How does one say it? Be welcome?