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March 7, 2007

4th UK Cartoons Protester Guilty

Burning through the international wires this morning is news that a fourth protester has been convicted because of actions during a demonstration in 2006 against the 2005 publication in a Danish newspaper of caricatures depicting the Prophet Muhammed. Abdul Muhid was found guilty of two counts of inciting murder by a jury at London's Old Bailey. This marks the fourth conviction in four trials from that same demonstration, with various defenses including just going along with the crowd or various chants not meaning the severity with which the defendants were charged fairly falling to the wayside.

Although I haven't seen any indication of this line of thinking recently, my memory is at the time of the arrests there was some criticism that authorities were using the protests as a springboard to go after a group of Muslim leaders they found generally troublesome.
posted 2:24 am PST | Permalink

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