Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Azhar Ahmed Spared Jail Over Comments about Dead Soldiers on Facebook....UK: one rule for one and one rule for another

A man convicted of posting a grossly offensive Facebook message about six dead British soldiers has been given a community order.

Azhar Ahmed told a court he had no idea his comments would cause so much upset, and that he was only trying to point out that other deaths in Afghanistan were being ignored.

Reacting to the public outcry over the soldiers' deaths in March this year, he wrote on the social networking website: "What about the innocent familys who have been brutally killed."

His rant went on: "All soldiers should DIE and go to hell", before ending with "Gotta problem go cry at your soldiers grave & wish him hell because that's where he is going."

At Huddersfield Magistrates Court, the 20-year-old acknowledged his comments were unacceptable, but denied they were grossly offensive.

He was found guilty last month of sending a grossly offensive communication.

District Judge Jane Goodwin told Ahmed his posting was "derogatory, disrespectful and inflammatory."

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