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Last Updated: Monday, 4 April, 2005, 17:39 GMT 18:39 UK
Death threats Muslim had illness
A Muslim who made more than 90 phone calls threatening to kill, rape and blow up Jews has been spared jail.

A judge said treatment was the best way to protect the public from Riaz Burahee, of Edmonton, north London, who suffers from paranoid schizophrenia.

He was given a three-year community rehabilitation order for committing the greatest number of racially motivated offences by one person.

Burahee, 25, told victims he would rape their children and bomb buildings.

'Delusions of persecution'

At Wood Green Crown Court on Monday, judge Diane Faber said: "It is plain from the reports that you committed these offences while mentally ill suffering symptoms of paranoid schizophrenia, experiencing delusions of persecution by Jewish people."

At an earlier hearing, Burahee admitted 10 offences involving communicating false information about a bomb and racially aggravated harassment.

The defendant described himself as a Muslim with strong religious beliefs who had no links to terrorism.

Photographs of al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden were later found at Burahee's home.

'Extreme beliefs'

Simon Wiltshire, defending, told the court Burahee's behaviour originated from his illness, for which he is now receiving medication.

He said: "He realises the effect of those phone calls. It is perhaps the first glimmer of possibility that the medication is beginning to assist Mr Burahee in moderating his more extreme beliefs."

Burahee was also served with a restraining order to stop him harassing 15 people who were witnesses in the case.

Kirsty-Ann Kiellor, prosecuting, said: "This incident, which was the greatest number of racially motivated offences we have had to deal with for one person, has had a profound impact throughout the Jewish community."

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