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BNP leader faces race hate retrial

Feb 2 2006

 

BNP leader Nick Griffin will face a retrial on race hate charges, the Crown Prosecution Service announced.

Griffin was charged along with fellow BNP activist Mark Collett with race hate offences after a series of speeches they made which were filmed by a reporter making a documentary for the BBC.

But a jury at Leeds Crown Court cleared them both on some of the charges and was then discharged by Judge Norman Jones after it failed to reach verdicts on the rest.

A CPS spokeswoman announced that they would proceed with a retrial for both defendants.

"The CPS has decided that we will go for a retrial in the cases of Griffin and Collett," she said.

Before this announcement and after walking free from court, Griffin told waiting reporters: "If the Crown Prosecution Service feel they must continue to persecute us for speaking the truth, we will see them in court."

He added: "If they want to do it all over again, well we're here."

Griffin faced a total of four charges relating to two speeches and Collett faced eight charges relating to four speeches.

The jury found Collett not guilty of four race hate charges and Griffin was cleared of two race hate charges.

The jury was later discharged after failing to reach verdicts on the remaining charges.

 

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