In The Matter Of Imran Firasat
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Quote: “The Spanish government has revoked Imran Farasat’s asylum status because he made a
film. Besides denying him his right of freedom of expression, the government is now trying to
facilitate his transfer to Pakistan where Imran will face certain death for blasphemy. It is
downright shameful. The Legal Project plans to take every measure possible to make sure that
does not happen.”
FACTS OF CASE:
Imran Farasat is a Pakistani born Christian convert from Islam. The Spanish Interior
Ministry granted Imran refugee asylum status in 2004 because his life was at risk due to
his continued outspoken criticism of Islam.
Imran has taken controversial positions such as calling for the Koran to be banned in
After the assault on the US Consulate in Benghazi, Imran decided to produce a film ‘The
Innocent Prophet’ so the Muslim world “could start to accept having Islam defamed
without savage reactions.”
Imran showed the film to Terry Jones so he could help publicize it. Without Imran’s
consent, Jones spliced himself into the film and released it on December 15, 2012.
Spain moved against Mr. Firasat, initiating two forms of lawfare against him: 1) attacking
him on his Spanish residency grounds; and 2) threatening him with prosecution for
violating Spanish hate speech codes.
o If Firasat loses his residency, he could be deported to Pakistan, which would expose
him to a blasphemy prosecution and a death penalty sentence for his speech against
Islam. The Spanish government is justifying their action to revoke his asylum status
on the grounds that he is "threatening national security with the production of this
o For the hate speech prosecution, the Spanish government has brought Mr. Firasat
into court to face a charge of violating 510 of the Spanish Penal Code, a crime that
punishes incitation to hatred and violence for racial, ideological or religious reasons.
On December 21, 2012 the Spanish Interior Ministry revoked his residency because of
the film under the rationale that it created a security risk.
On January 3, 2013 the police came to Imran’s home and seized his residency papers.
Imran can be deported to Pakistan now at any time, and if he goes, he faces certain death.
By the end of next business week the local lawyer the LP is financing will file an appeal
to the High Court and send petitions to the European Parliament, the Spanish Parliament,
the opposition political party of Spain "PSOE," Defensor del pueblo (human rights watch
institution of Spain), His Majesty King of Spain and the European court of human rights.
Excerpt from Imran Farasat Interview:
How and when did you receive the news of the revocation of your asylum status by Spain?
Two weeks ago I received a notification that informed me that they had initiated a process to
revoke my refugee status. They gave me two weeks to present appeals in my defence. Three days
away from presenting my appeals in the asylum office in Madrid they announced to me that my
asylum had been revoked with the excuse that I was a danger to national security. A process to
withdraw asylum status that normally lasts 6 months, in my was completed in only 3 days,
without the appeals presented in my defence being heard.
Who do you think pressured the Spanish government to take this decision?
Without doubt it was Muslim organisations in Spain and the Muslim governments in other
countries that pressured the Spanish government. Spain hasn't revoked my asylum status for
committing any crime. It's because of that that the final resolution doesn't say that I've committed
any crime according to Spanish laws. It just says that my denunciations of Islam have provoked
indignation in the Muslim world. It's the same as imprisoning a journalist, not for infringing or
breaking any norm, but for writing something that doesn't please a specific lobby.
Does this confirm that the Spanish government is in the hands of Islam?
Yes, absolutely. On the one hand we speak about freedom of expression and on the other, when
someone wants to express their opinion, he is persecuted to shut him up. I've been revealing the
dirty nature of Islam for 7 years and I never heard anything. Besides, the reason I was given
political asylum in Spain was that I was criticising Islam. Why are they pressuring me,
persecuting me, revoking my asylum and want to deport me to a country where I can expect the
death penalty? It's clear it's because of fear of the Muslim world. We have lost our rights and
western values because of fear of economic relations with oil-producing Islamic countries and
the unjustified violence of Muslims.
So are you afraid for your life? Does this revocation of your asylum definitely mean the death
If I had been afraid for my life, I would never have dared to criticize Mohammed or Islam. Jesus
Christ has a special plan for my life. God and the truth are with me and this prevents me being
afraid of anyone or anything. I will fight for my rights until the last breath and I will go on
struggling to that people know that Islam is a danger to western society.
Because of Barack Obama blaming the Innocence of Muslims video for the attack on
Benghazi, it is now the policy of Western Governments to view videos as rationale for
violence and security risks.
The EU has just hosted the OIC, representatives from Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Pakistan
for the Istanbul Process. The Istanbul Process is implementing HRC 16/18 which will
criminalize speech considered Islamic Blasphemy.
“That experience guides my conviction that partnership between America and Islam must be based on what
Islam is, not what it isn't. And I consider it part of my responsibility as President of the United States to
fight against negative stereotypes of Islam wherever they appear.” – President Obama, Cairo, Egypt, 6.4.09
“The future must not belong to those who slander the Prophet of Islam” – President Obama, UN,