November 21, 2006, RFE/RL -- An Iranian cleric has offered
his house as a reward to anyone who kills an Azeri writer who the cleric says
insulted the Prophet Muhammad.
Ayatollah Morteza Bani Fazl lives in the city of
Tabriz, in a northwestern region near the Azerbaijani border where a sizable
Azeri minority resides.
The Azeri journalist, Rafiq Tagi,
wrote an article in Azerbaijan's "Sanat" publication that was illustrated by
caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad that were originally published in
An Azeri court in mid-November sentenced Tagi
and the paper's editor, Samir Sadaqatoglu, to two months' detention.