Speeches by BNP leader led to race hate charges


BRITAIN: British National Party leader Nick Griffin told a pub audience that white society had turned into a multiracial hell-hole as Asian Muslims aimed to conquer the country, a court heard yesterday.

Mr Griffin (45) and fellow party activist Mark Collett (24) face a series of racial hatred charges arising out of speeches featured in an undercover BBC documentary on the party.

Leeds Crown Court heard that both men addressed a crowd at the Reservoir Tavern in Keighley on January 19th, 2004.

Rodney Jameson QC, prosecuting, told the jury that Mr Griffin made allegations of paedophile drug rapes by Asian Muslims in Keighley during his speech.

Reading excerpts from the speeches, Mr Jameson told the court that Mr Griffin said white society had turned into a "multiracial hell-hole" and urged the crowd to vote BNP in order to ensure "the British people really realise the evil of what these people have done to our country".

After making a series of allegations about Muslim gangs grooming and raping children in Keighley, Mr Griffin said: "The bastards that are in that gang, they are in prison so the public think it's all over. Well, it's not. Because there's more of them.

"The police force and elected governors haven't done a damn thing about it. Their good book [ the Koran] tells them that that's acceptable. If you doubt it, go and buy a copy and you will find verse after verse and you can take any woman you want as long as it's not Muslim women."

Mr Jameson said Mr Griffin continued: "These 18-, 19- and 25- year-old Asian Muslims are seducing and raping white girls in this town right now."

He said Asian community leaders would condemn the attacks to the press, but not to the attackers themselves. "It's part of their plan for conquering countries, it's how they do it."

Mr Griffin, of Llanerfyl, Powys, denies two counts of using words or behaviour intending to stir up racial hatred and two of using words or behaviour likely to stir up racial hatred.

Mr Collett, of Swithland Lane, Rothley, Leicestershire, denies four counts of the first offence and four of the alternative.

Mr Jameson said footage of the speeches, which were made in Morley, Pudsey and Keighley, was obtained by undercover reporter Jason Gwynne, who joined the BNP and spent six months attending meetings and other events for the BBC documentary The Secret Agent.

The trial continues.