As reported last week, five Muslim men had gone on trial at Derby Crown Court, as they were accused of having distributed leaflets calling for gay people to be executed. Handing out these leaflets was allegedly a breach of the new hate laws that came into force on March 2010. On Friday, three of the five men were indeed found guilty of stirring up hatred on the grounds of sexual orientation – in what the prosecutors called a “landmark case”, as it was the first of its kinds since the new legislation came into force. During the trial, the mean admitted to distributing the leaflets, but also said they were following what their religion taught them and did not intend to threaten anyone. The men will be sentenced on February 10th; they could a face a maximum sentence of up to seven years of imprisonment.
Last week, five Muslim men have gone on trial accused of having distributed leaflets calling for gay people to be executed. The Derby Crown Court heard that the group of five had allegedly handed out leaflets demanding the death penalty for homosexuality after Friday prayers at a Derby mosque and put them through people’s letterboxes in the local neighbourhood in July 2010, in the run up to the Gay Pride event. By handing out anti-gay death sentence flyers, the five men are accused of stirring up hatred on the grounds of sexual orientation, which is a breach of the new hate laws that came into force in March 2010. This prosecution is the first of its kind since the legislation came into force. The trial continues. All five men deny the charges; if they are convicted, however, they face a maximum sentence of seven years in jail and/ or an unlimited fine.