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Muslim extremist fined £50 for burning poppies...

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edited March 2011 in Spurious Generalities
This make makes so angry, the EU human rights laws they are trying to destroy are protecting them.

Muslim extremist fined £50 for burning poppies on Armistice Day

A Muslim protester who set fire to giant poppies on Armistice Day as a crowd chanted "British soldiers burn in hell" was fined only £50 today.

Emdadur Choudhury, 26, was part of a protest by a group called Muslims Against Crusaders near the end of a charity walk to honour servicemen and women.

He was caught on camera unfurling several large plastic poppies on the ground before burning them at the end of a two-minute silence. One onlooker told police he was left feeling "physically sick" by the incident on November 11 last year.

A judge found Choudhury guilty of using threatening, abusive, or insulting words or behaviour that could cause harassment, alarm or distress', following a one-day trial last month at Belmarsh magistrates' court.

Choudhury was fined £50 and ordered to pay a £15 victim surcharge within 28 days. The maximum fine he could have faced was £1,000.

District Judge Riddle said: "Shocking and offending people is sometimes a necessary part of effective protest. Here, an obvious consequence of this process was to show disrespect for dead soldiers, who should burn in hell.

"The two-minute chanting, when others were observing a silence, followed by a burning of the symbol of remembrance was a calculated and deliberate insult to the dead and those who mourn them."

It emerged that the married father-of-two earns £480 a month working part time - but also gets £792 a month in state benefits, made up of £240 working tax credit; £432 child tax credit and £120 child benefit.

He was permitted not to attend today's hearing, which took place at Woolwich Crown Court. Prosecutor Simon Ray said the protesters chose their location to be close to serving and former armed forces members and their family and friends, who were attending the finale of the Walk For Heroes.

They gathered at the corner of Exhibition Road and Kensington Gore, carrying banners. A police line separated them from a counter-demonstration by the English Defence League. During the silence a protester with a microphone led chants of "Burn, burn British soldiers", "British soldiers burn in hell", "British soldiers murderers", and "British soldiers terrorists".

Witness Tony Kibble told how he saw the poppies turn into a "ball of flames", He added: "I felt sick inside. It was despicable." Choudhury, of White-chapel, and Mohammed Haque, 30, of Bethnal Green were arrested. Haque was cleared of the same offence as Choudhury.
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