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Cartoon protesters' jail term cut
Three 'men' jailed for their part in protests against cartoons depicting the Prophet Mud-Ham-Mad have won an appeal to reduce their sentences. Umran Javed, 27, and Abdul Muhid, 24, were initially jailed for six years each for soliciting to murder after telling a crowd to bomb the UK. Abdul Saleem, 32, was jailed for four years for stirring up racial hatred.
Javed's and Muhid's jail terms were cut to four years, while Saleem's sentence was cut to 30 months. The men, from London and Birmingham, were convicted in July.
The men were arrested last February when about 300 protestors demonstrated outside the Danish Embassy against cartoons satirising Muhammad were published in newspapers in Denmark and other European countries. Javed, from Birmingham, was filmed by police shouting: "Bomb, bomb Denmark. Bomb, bomb USA."
Father-of-five and BT engineer Saleem, from Poplar, east London, was cleared of soliciting murder. He had chanted, "7/7 on its way" and "Europe, you will pay with your blood".
Abdul Muhid, 24, said to be the leader of the demonstration, had shouted "Bomb, bomb the UK" and waved placards with slogans such as "Annihilate those who insult Islam".
A fourth man, Mizanur Rahman, 24, from Palmers Green, north London, who was sentenced by the Old Bailey along with Javed, Muhid and Saleem, was jailed for six years for soliciting to murder. The men had denied having extremist views and said they were simply following others rather than leading the protests. The case was heard before Lord Chief Justice, Lord Phillips, and two other judges sitting at the Court of Appeal in London.
Had they been strung up for treason as would have been the case when sanity still prevailed in this land, this costly and humiliating farce would have been avoided.