the lesbian, gay and bisexual charity

10 February 2012

Stonewall welcomes sentences for extremists convicted in landmark incitement to hatred trial

Three men found guilty in January of distributing leaflets
suggesting violent ways to kill gay people

Stonewall today welcomed sentences for three extremists who were convicted in January for stirring up hatred on the grounds of sexual orientation. Today Ihjaz Ali was sentenced to two years in prison, and Kabir Ahmed and Razwan Javed were both sentenced to 15 months.

Ben Summerskill, Stonewall Chief Executive, said: ‘Gay people in Derby – and their friends and families – will feel relieved to see these extremists kept away from the community that they terrified with their deeply offensive and threatening leaflets. This whole case vindicates Stonewall’s long fight to secure specific legal protection for gay people against incitement to hatred.’

Stonewall led lobbying to secure amendments to the Criminal Justice and Immigration Act 2008 that extended existing protections against incitement to hatred on the grounds of race or religion to sexual orientation. The relevant amendments are in Section 76 and Schedule 16 of the Act, and Part 3A of the Public Order Act 1986.

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