FATWA ON ALEXEI; Comic facing death threat.
Comedian Alexei Sayle Alexei David Sayle (born 7 August 1952, Anfield, Liverpool) is an English comedian, actor and author. He was a central part of the alternative comedy circuit in the early Eighties. has been threatened with death by Muslim fanatics.
The Liverpudlian was warned of the fatwa fat·wa
A legal opinion or ruling issued by an Islamic scholar.
[Arabic fatw death sentence at his home in Merseyside.
Special Branch detectives are working on the theory that he offended Muslims during a recent BBC BBC
in full British Broadcasting Corp.
Publicly financed broadcasting system in Britain. A private company at its founding in 1922, it was replaced by a public corporation under royal charter in 1927. travel show. In Great Railway Journeys of the World, Alexei said: "To us, Arabs are either terrorists, kidnappers or people trying to flog you stuffed camels."
After his trip through Syria and Jordan he added: "Me and the Arab world have been together for three weeks and we don't like each other."
The 44-year-old also called Syrian leader Hafez al-Assad a "geezer geezer noun Medtalk American slang for an offensive and/or dull-witted old person, especially a ♂ in hospitals, geezer is a highly derogatory term for an elderly, cantankerous, often poorly-educated ♂ Pt verb with a toothbrush moustache". The BBC confirmed that after the programme some viewers complained about the portrayal of Arabs.
Alexei, who has now asked for police protection refused to comment.
But wife Linda said: "I suppose someone will take offence whenever you mention powerful issues."
A police spokesman said: "Any allegation of this nature has to be taken seriously."
In 1989 author Salman Rushdie was given police protection after Iran called for his death over alleged blasphemy blasphemy, in religion, words or actions that display irreverence toward or contempt for God or that which is held sacred. Blasphemy is regarded as an offense against the community to varying degrees, depending on the extent of the identification of a religion with in his book The Satanic Verses.