First the jihadi in question, Raied Al-Wazzan, did this to a priest who, fortunately, after being put through hell, was acquitted:
Excerpted from Belfast Telegraph: A leading Northern Ireland Muslim who praised Islamic State is set to be called as the main prosecution witness against a Christian preacher charged with making offensive remarks about Islam.
In legal documents seen exclusively by the Belfast Telegraph, Dr Raied Al-Wazzan of the Belfast Islamic Centre is named as the chief witness in the prosecution case against Pastor James McConnell.
The evangelical preacher faces up to six months in prison if convicted over a sermon last year in which he branded Islam as “heathen” and “Satanic”.
In his statement to the PSNI, Dr Al-Wazzan denounces the pastor’s “terrible comments” and describes his “general sweeping statements” as “offensive and disgusting”.
In January Dr Al-Wazzan himself was embroiled in controversy when he said that Islamic State, which has carried out mass executions and forced millions of people to flee their homes, had been a positive force in Mosul, his home city in Iraq.
“Since the Islamic State took over, it has become the most peaceful city in the world,” he told BBC Radio Ulster’s Talkback.
“Yes, there are other things going wrong there… they are murdering people, I agree, but you can go from east to west of the city without fear.”
His comments provoked public outrage and Dr Al-Wazzan later withdrew them and apologised.
In his statement to the PSNI about Pastor McConnell, Dr Al-Wazzan claims that many Muslims in Northern Ireland are professionals while the pastor’s congregation “may include impressionable, uneducated people”.
Last night Pastor McConnell told the Belfast Telegraph: “The PPS’s case against me is summed up by the fact that the chief witness the prosecution is calling is a man who made highly controversial comments about Isis (Islamic State in Syria and the Levant).
“A man who praised the rule in Iraq of Isis murderers will be giving evidence against me – it’s like a pantomime.
“I don’t know how he will have the nerve to stand in a court and testify against me, and I don’t know how the PPS has the nerve to think he is in a position morally to do that.”
Pastor McConnell’s solicitor Joe Rice said: “There are many bizarre features to this prosecution. We have now served our voluntary defence statement upon the court and the PPS.
“We expect the PPS to release additional and new information which may lead us to lodge an abuse of process application in the near future.”
A Public Prosecution Service spokesman said: “This case is now before the court and it is for the judge to decide on all evidential matters. It would be inappropriate for the PPS to make any further comment at this point.”
Pastor McConnell has been charged under the 2003 Communications Act with “sending, or causing to be sent, by means of a public electronic communications network, a message or other matter that was grossly offensive”.
The charges centre on a sermon he gave in May 2014 in which he said “Islam is heathen, Islam is Satanic, Islam is a doctrine spawned in Hell.” The sermon in the Whitewell Metropolitan Tabernacle was streamed on the internet. Keep reading
Now he’s done the same to an Irish woman who, unfortunately, was found guilty and sentenced:
Excerpted from Belfast Live: A woman convicted of posting menacing messages online, including a suggestion that Muslims should be sent to the gas chambers, has avoided prison.
Anne Bothwell, from Belfast, received a suspended six-month jail term for a series of comments on the Protestant Coalition’s Facebook page, the Courts Service confirmed today.
Bothwell is also set to appeal against being found guilty of six counts of improper use of a public electronic communications network.
The 53-year-old, of Ashmore Street in the city, has denied any messages were harmful, insisting they were written in humour.
Belfast Magistrates’ Court heard last month the comments concerned both Muslims and Dr Raied Al-Wazzan – a senior figure within the Islamic community in Northern Ireland.
In his evidence Dr Al-Wazzan said the content of some of the messages on the Protestant Coalition page caused him to fear for his life and for his family’s safety. Dr Al-Wazzan – who has lived in Northern Ireland for 26 years – told of discovering his picture had been posted after the group organised an anti-refugee rally, and he attended a demonstration in support of refugees.
He described reading comments from Bothwell which allegedly suggested he should be shot, and that Muslims should be sent to the gas chamber. She also referred to him as Wizzy-Wazzy, accused him of practising witchcraft, and said Muslim woman “are all over Belfast on their broomsticks and should be burnt at the stake”, the court heard.
When another poster asked what could be done about Dr Al-Wazzan, Bothwell was said to have responded: “Where are the guns, that would end the problem.”
Dr Al-Wazzan claimed the online comments had put his life under threat and resulted in him carrying out checks to see if he was being followed. Bothwell denied the messages posted in January this year were threatening or menacing.
Contesting the charges at last month’s hearing, she claimed the comments were taken in the wrong context and insisted she has Muslim friends. She also claimed to have been upset about an evangelical preacher taken to court following a complaint to police by Dr Al-Wazzan.
Pastor James McConnell was ultimately cleared of charges linked to an anti-Islamic sermon. Bothwell said she made the comments because she was upset at what the preacher had been through. Keep reading