Monday, January 16, 2006

Leader of BNP brought up on 'hate crime' charges.

...for comments made in a private conversation.

"British National Party leader Nick Griffin is on trial on race-hate charges arising from an undercover documentary about the party.

Griffin is appearing at Leeds Crown Court alongside party activist Mark Collett.

Both men were charged following a police investigation stemming from the broadcast of the BBC Secret Agent programme which featured a number of BNP activists.

Griffin, 45, from Powys, was charged in April last year following a long-running investigation which secretly filmed party activists.

He is accused of four counts of using words or behaviour intended or likely to stir up racial hatred.

The charges relate to two separate incidents on January 19 and May 5, 2004.

Collett, 24, of Rothley, Leicestershire, is charged with eight race-hate offences.

Both men deny all the charges."

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