Thursday, July 19, 2007

England: Dozens of veiled women gathered outside the Old Bailey to protest against the jail sentences given to 4 Muslim men for encouraging terrorism

Charlotte Gill:

Mizanur Rahman, 24, Umran Javed, 27, and Abdul Muhid, 25, were each jailed for six years for inciting murder and racial hatred during a demonstration against cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed.

A fourth man, 32-year-old Abdul Saleem, was cleared of soliciting murder but convicted of inciting racial hatred. He was jailed for four years.

Rahman had called for British soldiers to come home from Iraq in body bags, and Muhid chanted: "Bomb, bomb the UK".

Outside the court, around 40 demonstrators - most hiding their faces - chanted and held placards.

Among them were a gaggle of women in burkas, who held up a sign which read: "British police go to hell".

Police officers stood by as the group were kept behind barriers across the road.

Judge Brian Barker, the Common Serjeant of London, told the four men their words had been designed to encourage murder and terrorism.

He told them: "No one is entitled to make perverted use of ideology to propagate destruction and death."

The judge said the protest in February 2006 had been "threatening, hateful and uncompromising" and the four men had "whipped up a frenzy" and gone far beyond what was "acceptable and legal".

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