Tre muslimske menn ble fredag funnet skyldig i å ha spredt hatefulle ytringer om homofile, i den første dommen i sitt slag i Storbritannia. Mennene delte ut flyveblad offentlig som gikk inn for hengning av homofile.
En ny lov fra 2010 rammer handlinger som oppfordrer til hat på grunn av seksuell legning. Dommeren la vekt på at man gjerne må ha slike meninger, men det å gå aktivt ut og spre dem til andre, utgjør et lovbrudd. Det krenker andre mennesker.
Kabir Ahmed forklarte retten at han følte han hadde plikt til å forbedre samfunnet. Han mente islam påla ham å forkynne at homofili var synd. Den eneste divergensen innen islam var hvordan homofile skulle straffes: skulle de henges eller styrtes utfor et stup?
A father has told a court he was only doing his duty as a Muslim by handing out leaflets calling for gay people to be executed.
Kabir Ahmed, 28, said he handed a leaflet called Death Penalty? to a policeman and stuffed them through letterboxes across Derby because he was spreading the word of God as taught by Islam.
He said: ‘My intention was to do my duty as a Muslim, to inform people of God’s word and to give the message on what God says about homosexuality.’
Married Ahmed, who has a nine-month-old daughter, is on trial with four other men at Derby Crown Court charged with inciting hatred on the grounds of sexual orientation, the first prosecution of its kind since legislation came into force in March 2010.
At the opening of the trial last week jurors were shown the Death Penalty? leaflet, which shows an image of a mannequin hanging from a noose and says that homosexuality is punishable by the death penalty under Islam.
The leaflet states: ‘The death sentence is the only way this immoral crime can be erased from corrupting society and act as a deterrent for any other ill person who is remotely inclined in this bent way.’
(Reuters) – Three British Muslim men were found guilty on Friday of stirring up hatred by distributing leaflets calling for the death of homosexuals in what prosecutors said was a landmark case.
The men, from Derby, had posted and handed out pamphlets near their local mosque with the title «Death Penalty?» featuring a mannequin hanging from a noose and saying gay people would to go to hell.
The leaflets were part of a protest by a group of Muslim men against a forthcoming Gay Pride parade in the city.
Ihjaz Ali, Kabir Ahmed and Razwan Javed became the first people in Britain to be found guilty under a law introduced in 2010 making it an offence to stir up hatred on the grounds of sexual orientation.
The jury at Derby Crown Court heard how one witness had felt he was being targeted and feared he would be burned, said Sue Hemming from the Crown Prosecution Service.
«While people are entitled to hold extreme opinions which others may find unpleasant and obnoxious, they are not entitled to distribute those opinions in a threatening manner intending to stir up hatred against gay people,» she said in a statement.
«This case was not about curtailing people’s religious views or preventing them from educating others about those views; it was that any such views should be expressed in a lawful manner and not incite others to hatred.»
Gay rights group Stonewall said the case vindicated their call for specific legislation to protect homosexuals.
«We’re satisfied to see these extremists convicted for distributing offensive and inflammatory leaflets that suggested gay people should be burnt or stoned to death,» said Ben Summerskill, Stonewall Chief Executive.
The men will be sentenced on February 10.
Kabir Ahmed, 28, tells court he couldn’t ‘just stand by and watch somebody commit a sin’
Five men face first prosecution for inciting hatred on the grounds of sexual orientation since law came into force
Leaflet called Death Penalty? said: ‘The death sentence is the only way this immoral crime can be erased from corrupting society’