The leader of the British National Party has been acquitted of stirring up racial hatred in a speech that labeled Islam a wicked, vicious faith
British National Party leader Nick Griffin was cleared by a jury at Leeds Crown Court in northern England. Another party member, Mark Collett, also was acquitted.
Griffin, 46, had denied using words or behavior intended or likely to stir up racial hatred when he gave a speech at a pub in Keighley, Yorkshire, in January 2004. Collett, 26, a former BNP youth leader, faced similar charges relating to two speeches he made.
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