Courtroom jihad in Britain. The British dhimmis will now have to spend another huge sum of money to reconvict this jihadist thug — all because some members of the British press had enough spine left to report on his words accurately. From the Telegraph, with thanks to JE:
The radical Islamic cleric Abu Hamza was given leave to appeal yesterday against his conviction for soliciting to murder on the grounds of the bad publicity he had received before and during the trial.
Hamza’s lawyers claimed he was unable to get a fair trial because he had become the most notorious person in Britain after the attacks of September 11, 2001 and July 7, 2005.
Edward Fitzgerald, QC, said putting Hamza on trial six years after the last of the speeches was delivered was comparable to putting Hitler on trial after the end of the Second World War for speeches he made in the 1920s.
Mr Fitzgerald told the Appeal Court that almost every story about terrorism since those events had been accompanied by a picture of Hamza with his hook.
“In many ways he was the most notorious person in Britain,” Mr Fitzgerald said. “People would say, ‘Abu Hamza, ah, this is Captain Hook’.”
It was now impossible to put Hamza on trial in the circumstances that prevailed when he made the speeches between 1997 and 2000.
“The lapse of time has left him exposed to an unfair trial. He couldn’t be tried in the atmosphere when he made the speeches. He could only be tried in an atmosphere poisoned by these events,” Mr Fitzgerald said, referring to the bombings in New York, Madrid and London.
So where are you going to try him, Fitzgerald? Fiji?