Saudi newspaper Sabah quoted al-Qarni as saying that Assad deserves to die for heresy, referring to him as "Basharon," in a jab alluding to former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. The Muslim cleric claimed that the Golan Heights will not be freed until Assad's "treacherous" regime falls.
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"Whoever kills a Muslim faces death," he said. Al-Qarni also proposed holding a Syrian referendum, instead of that on the constitution, on the best way to kill Assad. The options he proposed included death by hanging and slaughter.
The Muslim cleric further added: "Bashar's legitimacy has expired. What is needed is that he be killed as he is a murderer who killed hundreds of children and destroyed mosques instead of protecting the Golan Heights. "
He called on Syrian soldiers to defect and slammed the ruling Ba'ath party.
Last October, immediately after the release of Gilad Shalit from Hamas captivity, al-Qarni offered a $100,000 cash prize for whoever kidnaps an Israeli soldier. He did this in response to an ad placed by a family of a terror victim offering the same amount for whoever catches his killer.
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