Friday, February 03, 2006

Griffin wins race hate trial

In a previous post I pointed to the danger of prosecuting the BNP's Nick Griffin for expressing "race hate" views. The trial has now resulted in the worst possible of outcomes: a retrial. This will provide the BNP with even more free publicity and will encourage like minded people to speak their minds even louder.
"If the Crown Prosecution Service feel they must continue to persecute us for speaking the truth, we will be here," he told the crowd. "This case has brought us more donations than ever before, including one of £20,000, the biggest in our history. We've never had such good publicity before."
Mr Griffin, 46, who trailed last in an attempt to win Keighley in West Yorkshire at the general election, made no secret of airing his views during two days in the witness box. He distributed passages from the Qu'ran to the jury to back his argument he was attacking a religion not a race, and was warned twice by the judge he was not addressing a political meeting.

After the verdicts he nodded to what he described as "a very decent jury" from the dock, where he has used a laptop to post a daily blog on the BNP's website. The Cambridge graduate from Llanerfyl in Powys, whose wife Jackie and their teenage children let out a long "yesss!" in the public gallery, has also reported on his trial on the site's BNP TV.

I told you so...

The Guardian.

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