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Cartoons protestors sentenced for soliciting murder

18/07/2007

Four men were sentenced at the Old Bailey today after being found guilty of solicitation to murder and stirring up racial hatred arising out of protests over the publication of cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad.

Sir Ken Macdonald QC, Director of Public Prosecutions said: "Freedom of speech is the right of any individuals in our democracy. However, when we examined the content of speeches by Mizanur Rahman, Abdul Saleem, Umran Javed and Abdul Muhid it was explicit that there was a direct encouragement to those present to commit acts of murder.

"The law says you can express your opinions robustly without the fear of being brought before a criminal court. But if you march down the streets of London calling for people to be beheaded and for European cities to be bombed, you have crossed a line.

"Describing the London tube murderers as the 'Fantastic Four' and calling for more of the same undermines everyone else's freedom by stirring up bigotry, racial hatred and violence.

"Terrorism attacks our way of life and incitement can make a very real contribution to it. We shall continue to take incitement very seriously and prosecute it robustly where there is enough evidence for us to do so."

  1. Mizanur Rahman was found guilty of stirring up racial hatred on 9 November 2006. He was retried for soliciting to murder during a protest over cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad in February. He was found guilty on 5 July 2007 at the Old Bailey. He was sentenced to a total of six years.
  2. Umran Javed was convicted of soliciting to murder and stirring up racial hatred on 5 January 2007 at the Old Bailey. He was sentenced to a total of six years.
  3. Abdul Saleem was found guilty of stirring up racial hatred on 1 February 2007. He was sentenced to four years.
  4. Abdul Muhid was found guilty of two counts of soliciting to murder on 7 March 2007. He was sentenced to a total of six years.
  5. The protest was held on 3 February 2006 in Central London following publication of a number of cartoons in Denmark which portrayed Muhammad in various unflattering forms.
  6. For further enquiries contact CPS Press Office on 020 7796 8105 or 8180.