2011-04-11 15:21:00

Russian Muftis indignant at imam's murder in Dagestan, accuse police of lack of action

Moscow, April 11, Interfax - The All-Russian Muslim Board has called for stopping the killings of clerics in the North Caucasus.

"Militants are openly threatening clerics, and clerics are killed in their own homes. What else must happen before practical steps are taken to stop the mass destruction of clerics?" head of the Board's Executive Committee Mufti Muhammedgali Huzin told the Interfax-Religion.

He referred to the murder of mosque imam Magomed Saipulayev in the village of Yasnaya Polyana in the Kizlyar District of Dagestan last weekend.

The National Counter Terrorist Committee said that the imam was known for his irreconcilable attitude to militants and was threatened many times.

"In Dagestan alone this is the sixth victim of the militants, who commit unpunished reprisals on those who openly oppose religious extremism. Do these bandits live in parallel worlds, do they have no families or friends, cannot they be caught in the prevention of crimes before a new murder is merely stated?" he wondered.

"We must speak about the lack of action by those whose work is to fight crime and punish for the lack of action as a form of connivance with terrorists," the mufti said.