A German who printed the name of the Quran on toilet paper and offered the rolls for sale to mosques and media is to face trial for disturbing the public peace, an official said.
The businessman will go on trial Feb. 23 at a court in Luedinghausen in western Germany, a spokesman for judicial authorities in nearby Muenster said.
The businessman last summer printed sheets of toilet paper with the sentence "Koran, the Holy Qur'aen'' and sent them to some 15 mosques, television stations and magazines.
In an accompanying letter, authorities say, he asserted that Islam's holy book is a "cookbook for terrorists'' that calls for acts of violence.
He proposed that a"memorial to all victims of Islamic terror'' be set up, financed by sales of the toilet paper ─ an offer that prosecutors say he also posted on the Internet.
Prosecutors argue that the man's actions overstepped the legally guaranteed freedom to criticize other religions. They say he has cited his right to freedom of opinion and artistic expression and said his aim was to provoke rather than actually sell the toilet paper.
to disturb︰動詞，指擾亂、使…激動。例句︰Heavy truck traffic disturbed the neighborhood.（大卡車來來往往擾亂這一帶的安寧。）
to go on trial for ～︰片語，…以～罪名受審。例句︰Five defendants will go on trial for murder. （5名被告將以謀殺罪名受審。）
to overstep︰動詞，指超越、超出…的限度。例句︰The court must not overstep its authority and infringe upon the powers of the executive and legislative branches.（法院絕不可超越其權限，侵害行政與立法部門的權力。）
to provoke︰動詞，指挑釁、刺激。例句︰He tried to provoke them into fighting.（他企圖挑撥他們打架。）