Friday, July 18, 2008

British Asylum seekers flee to the USA

Racist who fled hate trial caught in America

From The Jewish Chronicle
Leon Symons
July 18, 2008

A racist who fled the country after being convicted of five charges of publishing racially inflammatory material has been apprehended in America.

Stephen Whittle, 41, of Preston, Lancs, had written five offensive articles under the pen-name Luke O’Farrell, which were published on the internet.

He was convicted last Friday after a seven-week trial at Leeds Crown Court, but neither he nor his co-defendant, Simon Sheppard, of Selby, North Yorkshire, appeared when the hearing resumed on Monday.

Humberside Police, who had mounted the case against Whittle and Sheppard, sent out an all-ports alert. Sheppard, 51, ran the website on which Whittle’s articles appeared.

The pair were detained in Los Angeles where they are believed to have asked for political asylum. They were understood to be awaiting a hearing that would decide whether or not they would be granted asylum or be sent back to Britain.

During the hearing, prosecutor Jonathan Sandiford told the jury that Sheppard and Whittle held what they might regard as fairly extreme views about people who were Jewish, black, Asian, Chinese, Indian and, in reality, anyone who was not white. He said: “People in this country are entitled to be racist and they are entitled to hold unpleasant points of view.

“But what they aren’t entitled to do is publish or distribute written material which is insulting, threatening or abusive and is intended to stir up racial hatred or is likely to do so.”

The court heard that Sheppard’s website attracts 4,000 visitors a day.

Other articles on the same site included one written during the 1960s by the leader of the American Nazi Party, George Lincoln Rockwell.

The court heard that Sheppard was investigated by police following complaints and when his flat was searched in March 2005 police seized a number of computers and found documents entitled “Dumb Niggers, Gloating Jews”, “Make Niggers History”, “Diversity = Death” and “Rockwell, the

Sheppard has been found guilty of 11 of the 18 counts he faced. The jury failed to agree on seven further charges relating to the possession, publishing and distribution of two pamphlets called “Tales of the Holohoax” and “Don’t Be Sheeple”.

The case was adjourned until July 28 when the prosecution will say whether or not it will seek a retrial.

NWN : Apprehended ? They deliberately gave themselves up to US Immigration !

1 comment:

An Englishman in New York said...

Los Angeles -- Two white activists facing charges of inciting racial hatred in Britain have fled to the United States and claimed asylum under the First Amendment, noting that they face persecution for their political views and violations of their human rights if returned to the United Kingdom.
Simon Sheppard and Stephen Whittle were on bail awaiting sentencing for the "crime" of "publishing racially inflammatory literature" when they fled for the US by plane and turned themselves over to the Immigration and Naturalization Service, demanding political asylum.

Under US law, an individual facing prosecution, imprisonment, or denial of their human rights in a foreign country because of the exercise of rights protected under the US Constitution may seek and receive asylum within US borders.

This principle has been tested in Europe primarily by the Church of Scientology, several of whose members have received asylum from Germany in the United States after claiming persecution.

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