Sky News U.K Friday, Sept.14, 2012
A man who posted a Facebook message following the deaths of six British troops which said “all soldiers should die and go to hell” has been found guilty of sending a grossly offensive communication.
Azhar Ahmed, 20, admitted posting the message in March, but told Huddersfield Magistrates Court he thought it was distressing but not offensive.
Ahmed’s message said: “People gassin about the deaths of Soldiers! What about the innocent familys who have been brutally killed.
“The women who have been raped. The children who have been sliced up!
“Your enemy’s were the Taliban not innocent harmful familys.
“All soldiers should DIE & go to HELL! THE LOWLIFE F****N SCUM!
“Gotta problem. Go cry at your soldiers grave and wish him hell because that’s where he is going.”
Ahmed told the court he immediately started to receive critical comments on his page and realised the second half of his post was “unacceptable”.
Ahmed, of Fir Avenue, Ravensthorpe, Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, told the court he was only trying to make the point that many other deaths in Afghanistan were being ignored.
But Niall Carlin, prosecuting, said the parents of one of the six soldiers who died in the incident saw the posting, which was copied around the internet.
District Judge Jane Goodwin said Ahmed’s Facebook remarks were “derogatory, disrespectful and inflammatory”.
After the trial, Ahmed left the court by a side door without saying anything and drove off in a waiting car past a number of police officers.
He avoided a demonstration of about 30 people at the front of the court building, some wearing EDL branded clothing and one flying a union flag.
The demonstrators were heavily outnumbered by police.
In court, Ahmed was bailed after the district judge told him she wanted a pre-sentence report prepared.
He is due back in court for sentence on October 9.