Saturday, 29 January 2011

Derby muslims charged under new homophobia law

Five men who distributed homophobic literature outside the Jamia mosque in Derby and posted others through letterboxes in July 2010 have been charged with stirring up hatred on the grounds of sexual orientation.

Ahjaz Ali, 41, Umer Javed, 37 and Mehboob Hassain, 44, Razwan Javed, 30, and Kabir Ahmed, 27 are accused of handing out a leaflet entitled "The Death Penalty?” which called for homosexuals to be executed.

All five, who could each face up to seven years in jail, have been charged under the new gay hatred law and will appear at Derby Crown Court on Monday 14th February.

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