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BNP jury continues deliberations
Mark Collett (l) and BNP leader Nick Griffin
The trial of Mr Collett and Mr Griffin began on 16 January
The jury in the trial of BNP leader Nick Griffin and senior party member Mark Collett has entered another day of deliberations over its verdicts.

Mr Griffin, 46, of Llanerfyl, Powys, and Mr Collett, 24, of Rothley, Leics, deny intending to stir up racial hatred in speeches in West Yorkshire in 2004.

The charges relate to six speeches filmed by an undercover BBC reporter.

On Wednesday, the judge at Leeds Crown Court said jurors should feel under no time pressure to reach their verdicts.

Judge Norman Jones said they had to consider "very sensitive issues in this case".

Mr Griffin denies two charges of using words or behaviour intended to stir up racial hatred and two alternative charges of using words or behaviour likely to stir up racial hatred.

Were they intended to incite racial hatred or was it likely in those circumstances to raise racial hatred?
Judge Norman Jones
Mr Collett denies eight similar charges.

In the speeches Mr Griffin and Mr Collett made a series of claims about Asian and Muslim people.

At one point Mr Griffin calls Islam a "wicked vicious faith" and Mr Collett says: "Let's show these ethnics the door in 2004."

But they have told the jury they were engaging in legitimate political dialogue about issues which concern ordinary working people.

The judge also asked the jury to consider documents and articles before them and to consider whether the words used were insulting or abusive.

The judge said: "Were they intended to incite racial hatred or was it likely in those circumstances to raise racial hatred?"




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