Three men appear in UK court in landmark gay hatred prosecution

Three men have appeared in court charged with stirring up hatred on the grounds of sexual orientation in the first prosecution of its kind.

Ihjaz Alie, 41, Mehboob Hussain, 44, and Umer Javed, 37, are accused of distributing ­anti-gay leaflet "The Death Penalty?" outside a mosque.

The leaflet is understood to have called for gays to be executed.

Prosecutor Sue Hemming told the court: “This is the first ever prosecution for this offence and it is the result of close working between the Crown Prosecution Service and Derbyshire Police.” She said the leaflet was distributed outside the Jamia Mosque in Derby in July 2010 and through letterboxes during the same month.

The three will appear back at Derby Magistrates' Court on February 14 with another two men, Razwan Javed, 30, and Kabir Ahmed, 27, who were charged in December.

Date: 29 January 2011


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