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Britain First deputy leader to face trial over anti-terror rally comments

Jayda Fransen appears at court in Belfast accused of two hate charges.

The deputy leader of far-right group Britain First faces a spring trial in Belfast over remarks made at an anti-terrorism rally last summer.

Jayda Fransen appeared at Belfast Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday on two hate charges related to a speech she made at a Northern Ireland Against Terrorism rally in the city in August.

The 31-year-old will go on trial on April 6, district judge Fiona Bagnall said.

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Britain First Deputy Leader Jayda Fransen leaving Belfast Magistrates' Court where she faced charges related to comments made about Islam (Niall Carson/PA)

She faces four unrelated charges after alleged threatening behaviour concerning remarks made on December 13 beside a peace wall dividing Catholics from Protestants in Belfast.

The comments, about Islam, were posted on social media.

A message said the video was shot in the staunchly unionist Shankill area of west Belfast.

A date for that trial is yet to be fixed.

Fransen is from Anerley in south-east London.

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