Melbourne (ANI): A Victorian MP has said that singer and songwriter
Yusuf Islam formerly known as Cat Stevens, should be denied visa
unless he retracts his threats against author Salman Rushdie. “He
said that Salman Rushdie should be killed," The Herald Sun quoted
the Democratic Labor Party MP, Peter Kavanagh as saying.
“He later said that he was just expressing the Islamic law, not
his own views. He said he would like to see Salman Rushdie burned,
and not just an effigy of him. If Australia stands for anything, we
stand for freedom of expression and democracy and the peaceful
resolution of differences," Kavanagh said.
"If someone wants to come here and make a lot of money, like Mr
Yusuf does, then they should be required to denounce threats
against people on the basis of their opinion," he added.
Yusuf has denied the charges and supporting the fatwa against
The Satanic Verses author issued by Iran's Ayatollah Khomeini in