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Muslim cleric: 9 years for urging murder

A radical Muslim cleric who urged his followers to kill “non-believers,” including Jews, Hindus and Americans, was jailed Friday for nine years in Britain for soliciting murder and stirring racial hatred. Abdullah el Faisal, a Jamaican native born 39 years ago as William Forest, was the first person in more than a century to be charged under Britain’s Offenses Against the Person Act of soliciting without a specific victim — a law dating back to 1861. A jury at London’s Old Bailey also found el Faisal guilty of preaching racial hatred against non-Muslims in videotapes and personal appearances around the country. In passing sentence Friday, Judge Peter Beaumont said the cleric had “fanned the flames of hostility.” The judge also ordered that the father of three be deported back to Jamaica when he has finished his prison term. El Faisal claimed during his trial that his messages came from the Koran, Islam’s holy book, and that his words had been misrepresented. He stretched his arms in frustration to a dozen supporters as the sentence was handed down. Full Story

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