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BNP leader acquitted of race hate charges

Published 10/11/2006

In the UK, the leader of the BNP has been found not guilty of race hate charges.

The case against Nick Griffin was brought after an undercover reporter filmed him making speeches two years ago.

At Leeds Crown Court, the jury was told Nick Griffin said British Muslims are turning the country into a multi-racial hellhole - and Islam is a wicked, vicious faith.

The BNP leader defended himself by saying the idea the religion has a strong, tolerant and moderate strand is "a politically correct nonsense".

He also admitted his audience during speeches in Keighley in West Yorkshire was emotionally charged but denied committing any race hate crimes.

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