Thursday, February 02, 2006

GRIFFIN TO FACE RETRIAL

Earlier today Nick Griffin and pal were cleared of race hate charges (from the BBC):
BNP leader Nick Griffin has been cleared by a jury at Leeds Crown Court of two racial hatred charges.

Party activist Mark Collett was also acquitted of four other similar charges after the two-week trial.

The jury was discharged after failing to reach verdicts on four other charges against Mr Collett and two others against Mr Griffin.

Afterwards, Mr Griffin was met by supporters and said the outcome was a "tremendous victory for freedom".
Not so fast Griffin - you're going to be tried again. From ITN News:
BNP leader Nick Griffin and activist Mark Collett will face a retrial, the Crown Prosecution Service has confirmed.

A jury at Leeds Crown Court had cleared the leader of two of the four race hate charges brought against him, but failed to reach a verdict on the remaining two charges.

Earlier, his co-defendant Mark Collett had been cleared of four race hate charges. A jury failed to make a decision on four other counts.

The charges related to speeches which were filmed as part of a BBC undercover documentary.

Griffin, 45, had been accused of using threatening, abusive or insulting words towards people of "Asian ethnicity" at the private meetings in West Yorkshire two years ago.

Collett, 24, of Swithland Lane, Rothley, Leicestershire, was found guilty of using words intended or likely to stir up racial hatred in relation to two speeches he made at the meetings.
Racist scumbag he may be, but he's worked this one flawlessly.

If he lost, he could play the role of the non-PC white man being silenced by the evil multi-culturalist government. As it is, he gets to shout about it being a victory for free speech. Which it is.

However, when that free speech is responsible for rallying fascist scum and encouraging them to take out their grievances on racial minorities, it's a different matter.

We'll see what happens at the retrial.

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