Iran holds off sending ambassador to Sweden in protest over Quran incident

A person tore up and burned a Koran exterior Stockholm’s central mosque on Wednesday, the primary day of the Muslim Eid al Adha holidays.

Swedish police charged the person who burned the holy ebook with agitation towards an ethnic or nationwide group. In a newspaper interview, he described himself as an Iraqi refugee in search of to ban it.

Iran’s international ministry summoned Sweden’s cost d’affaires on Thursday to sentence what it mentioned was an insult to essentially the most sacred Islamic sanctities.

“Though administrative procedures to nominate a brand new ambassador to Sweden have ended, the method of dispatching them has been held off because of the Swedish authorities’s issuing of a allow to desecrate the Holy Quran,” Amirabdollahian mentioned on Twitter on Sunday.

He didn’t specify how lengthy Iran would chorus from sending an envoy to Sweden.

Whereas Swedish police have rejected a number of current functions for anti-Quran demonstrations, courts have overruled these selections, saying they infringed freedom of speech.

In its allow for Wednesday’s demonstration, Swedish police mentioned that whereas it “might have international coverage penalties,” the safety dangers and penalties linked to a Quran burning weren’t of such a nature that the appliance ought to be rejected.