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Friday, 28 January 2011

Two Muslims charged over homophobic leaflet

- From the Press Association, 28.1.2011

Two men are due to appear in court charged with stirring up hatred on the grounds of sexual orientation in the first prosecution of its kind.

Razwan Javed, 30, and Kabir Ahmed, 27, are accused of handing out a leaflet called The Death Penalty? outside a mosque in Derby, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said.

The leaflet is understood to have called for homosexuals to be executed.

The pair will appear at Derby Magistrates' Court today charged with stirring up hatred on the grounds of sexual orientation.

CPS lawyer Sue Hemming said: "The charges relate to the distribution of a leaflet, The Death Penalty?, outside the Jamia Mosque in Derby in July 2010 and through letterboxes during the same month.

"This is the first ever prosecution for this offence and it is the result of close working between the Crown Prosecution Service and Derbyshire Police."

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