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Muslim group threatens Canada PM with libel suit

Published on Jan 29, 2014 7:35 AM

OTTAWA (AFP) - A Muslim organisation said on Tuesday it will sue Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his spokesman for libel unless they retract and apologise for a statement linking the group to Hamas.

Canada lists Hamas as a banned terrorist organisation.

"To say that our organisation has illegal affiliations is deeply offensive to us and to Canadians of all faiths and backgrounds and only serves to reinforce ugly stereotypes about Canadian Muslims," Mr Ihsaan Gardee, executive director of the National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM), told a press conference.

He pointed to Harper spokesman Jason MacDonald's comments to a Canadian media outlet earlier this month.

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