Three Men Jailed Over Gay Hate Leaflets.
Three Muslim men have been jailed for handing out leaflets calling for gay people to be killed.
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In a “landmark case last month“, Ihjaz Ali age 42, Kabir Ahmed age 28 and Razwan Javed age 28, were found guilty of breaching hate crime legislation by distributing the leaflets outside a mosque and posting them through letterboxes in the Normanton area of Derby.
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Ali was sentenced to two years in prison at Derby Crown Court, while Ahmed and Javed were jailed for 15 months. Two other men, Mehboob Hussain age 45 and Umar Javed age 38, were previously acquitted of the same charge.
The men admitted distributing the flyers but claimed they were “not threatening” and denied they were designed to cause trouble for homosexuals
The leaflet stated that in 1533 homosexuality was punishable by hanging in England and that if practised in a town, “Allah permits its ( the towns ) destruction”.
One man, who did not want to be named, told Sky News: “They incite violence and I would even say it’s incitement to murder.
“It lists various methods of executing homosexuals from burning alive, stoning, hanging or being thrown from a tall building and I felt that was directed at me.
“My initial thoughts were that I was actually being targeted by an individual, it really was quite frightening. It’s a very, very scary image especially when you realise what the message is,” he said.
He also said other leaflets were also given out.
“Another was titled ‘Turn or Burn’ and the front of it was an image of a sea of fire,” he said.
“But more disturbing was the reverse side, where there was the picture apparently of a human body burning in flames.”
Another man said: “It happened 18 months ago and I’m still feeling very insecure in my own house. I’m suspicious of strangers on the street, strange cars.
“I really avoid going out after dark because I never know when somebody is going to respond to a leaflet by possibly attacking me.
“Apart from the cultural and religious aspects of it, I feel there are some gullible people in the wider community who will read literature like that and take it as a green light to commit violence.”