Saturday, January 06, 2007

Not good enough

It was February last when the Metropolitan Police escorted some low-life Muslim scum through the streets of London, allowing them to carry inflammatory placards and chant violent messages.

It took until November to get the first one, Mizanur Rahman, through the courts, with a guilty verdict and, two months later, they've finally got another.

This is Umran Javed, 27, (pictured above) who had shouted "Bomb, bomb USA" and "Jihad is the path to Allah" as he led a 300-strong crowd in chants during the demonstration.

He was also a prominent figure in the rally outside the Danish embassy, leading chants there. But he claimed in court that his chants were "sayings and soundbites" without any intention at all. On the other hand, David Perry, for the prosecution, said that, "if you shout out, 'Bomb, bomb Denmark; bomb, bomb USA', there is no doubt about what you intend your audience to understand."

Javed has now been remanded in custody to be sentenced in April after an Old Bailey jury found him guilty by a majority verdict of soliciting murder and inciting racial hatred.

There was, we are told, uproar in court as the verdict was delivered with one man led from the public gallery by security guards after shouting: "Allahu Akbar [God is great], I curse the judge, the court, the jury, all of you." Other friends and supporters of Javed also shouted insults.

We await news of their fate, and of the hundreds more demonstrators who took part in the chanting and carried banners last February. It is good to see two of them in the dock but, nearly a year later, that is not anything like good enough.

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