Applause for Akkari

Ahmed Akkari, a former imam and one of the protagonists of the 2006 uprisings over caricatures of the prophet Mohammed, was greeted by applause during his first public appearance after announcing last month that he regretted his role in the matter. The public reaction to Akkari's turn-around has been mixed, and some, including Naser Khader, a former MP who Akkari said should be killed if he ever became minister, remain unconvinced about his motives. But last night, he was met with overwhelming sympathy by the 200 people who attended the debate in the Jutland town of Kolding.