…and some people still insist that ‘multiculturalism’ is not an oxymeron.
- One leaflet called The Death Penalty? showed image of mannequin hanging from a noose and said buggery led to hell, court hears
- Jury told the ‘horrible’ leaflets were designed to stir up ‘hatred and hostility against homosexual people’
- Prosecution of the group is first of its kind since new laws were passed
By Anthony Bond
Last updated at 3:00 PM on 10th January 2012
A group of Muslim men handed a leaflet out to the public that called for homosexuals to be ‘punished’ and given the death sentence, a court has heard.
The five men gave out the pamphlet, called The Death Penalty?, which showed an image of a mannequin hanging from a noose and said buggery was a great sin leading to hell, the court wast told.
It also said that it used to be punished by hanging and that people practising and allowing homosexuality would suffer, the court was told.
Ihjaz Ali, 42, Mehboob Hussain, 45, Umar Javed, 38, Razwan Javed, 27, and Kabir Ahmed, 28, are alleged to have handed out the document outside and near the Jamia Mosque in Derby, in July 2010.
They are also alleged to have put it through people’s letterboxes in the neighbourhood.
All five men are accused of stirring up hatred on the grounds of sexual orientation in the first prosecution of its kind since legislation came into force in March 2010.
Opening the prosecution’s case at Derby Crown Court today, where the five men are on trial after denying all charges, prosecutor Bobbie Cheema said the case was an example of a hate crime.
She told the jury of seven men and five women: ‘The essence of this case will come down to this – an allegation of a hate crime, that these five defendants were part of a small group of men who distributed horrible, threatening literature, with quotations from religious sources and with pictures on them, which were designed to stir up hatred and hostility against homosexual people.’
Miss Cheema showed the jury a series of three leaflets the men are said to have handed out, which included The Death Penalty? leaflet, and told them they would hear from witnesses who received them.