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Pakistani Man Dies in German Police Custody

German officials say a Pakistani student, who allegedly tried to harm a newspaper editor for printing cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad, has died in police custody in Berlin.

A Foreign Ministry spokesman said initial reports indicate that Amir Cheema hanged himself in his cell.

Cheema's father rejected the allegation of suicide and said German police had tortured his son to death. He offered no evidence to back up his claim.

A Danish newspaper, Jyllands-Posten, first published the cartoons in September, and other European newspapers reprinted them. The depictions stirred violent protests throughout the Islamic world among Muslims who believe it blasphemous to portray the Prophet Mohammad.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.