January 28, 2011

Court hears UK’s first ‘gay hatred’ case


by Jan Harris

A group of men in Derby are the first to be prosecuted for stirring up hatred on the grounds of sexual orientation under last year’s change to the law, which criminalised the incitement of homophobia.

Razwan Javed and Kabir Ahmed were charged in December for the alleged distribution of a leaflet calling for homosexuals to be executed, outside the Jamia mosque in Derby in July.

Three men, Ihjaz Alie, Mehboob Hussain and Umer Javed, also appeared in Derby Magistrates court on Thursday on the same charge, after allegedly handing out the leaflet, which is called ‘The Death Penalty?’

The Crown Prosecution Service and Derbyshire Police worked closely together to bring the five men to court.

They are all due to attend Derby Magistrates’ Court on February 14 for committal hearing.

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