The blogger GW of Wolf Howling has spoken to Lionheart’s attorney, and confirms that a complaint has been filed against Lionheart with the police. The police are therefore obliged to arrest him pursuant to their investigation.
GW said this in an email to Gates of Vienna:
You can contact Lionheart’s attorney directly at this point if you want more information. Lionheart has approved him discussing the case with third parties. I am just letting you know that Lionheart is really facing prosecution.
And here is an excerpt from GW’s post at Wolf Howling:
I contacted Lionheart to get additional information about his claim that he faced imminent arrest, and he put me in contact with the attorney whom he has retained, Anthony Bennett (firstname.lastname@example.org). I spoke with Mr. Bennett, who confirmed the following facts:
1. The Bedfordshire police have contacted Lionheart to arrange for him to submit to arrest.
2. Lionheart querried the police to find out why he would to be arrested. A Bedfordshire police officer sent Lionheart an e-mail, forwarded to me by Mr. Bennett, which read in pertinent part:
The offence that I need to arrest you for is “Stir up Racial Hatred by displaying written material” contrary to sections 18(1) and 27(3) of the Public Order Act 1986.
You will be arrested on SUSPICION of the offence. You would only be charged following a full investigation based on all the relevant facts and CPS consent.
3. Mr. Bennett adds “There are already a number of aspects about this case involving not only ‘Lionheart’ but concerning other friends of his which are almost certain to result in a complaint being made to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.”
4. There has been nothing filed yet by the police that will tell us precisely what blog posts they will be using to prosecute Lionheart. The precise basis for the complaint will only become known after the arrest. Further, we do not yet know who was responsible for making a complaint to the police.
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The Public Order Act of 1986 makes it an offense to “stir up racial hatred.” The act defines “racial hatred” as “hatred against a group of persons defined by reference to colour, race, nationality (including citizenship) or ethnic or national origins.” The law does not define the word “hatred.” The specific provisions of the Public Order Act of 1986 mentioned by the police in their e-mail to Lionheart are:
18 (1) A person who uses threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour, or displays any written material which is threatening, abusive or insulting, is guilty of an offence if — (a) he intends thereby to stir up racial hatred, or (b) having regard to all the circumstances racial hatred is likely to be stirred up thereby. 27 (3) A person guilty of an offence under this Part is liable — (a) on conviction on indictment to imprisonment for a term not exceeding seven years or a fine or both;
To call this law a gross assault on freedom of speech would be the height of understatement. It criminalizes the content of speech and it applies a wholly subjective threshold — “hatred” — for finding guilt. This law would be unconstitutional in the U.S. This is ironic because our 1st Amendment freedoms of speech and the press derive from British common law as it existed in 1776. Yet Britain never adopted a written Constitution, thus setting the stage for the modern day socialists to silence and stifle free speech by merely passing laws through Parliament.
Readers may want to contact the British embassy in their own countries. The full list of embassy contacts was too dispersed for me to collect and post, but you can find the necessary information by going to this page at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office. Just locate your own country, click the link, and copy the relevant address or phone number.