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Muslim men convicted

A British court convicted three Muslim men of advocating the execution of gays. Jurors in Derby, England, in January found the trio guilty of trying to stir up hatred by doling out pamphlets calling for homosexuals to be put to death.

They were convicted under legislation that imposes penalties for distributing written material designed to incite tensions because of sexual orientation.

Titled "The Death Penalty?" their leaflets showed a mannequin hanging from a noose and carried quotations from Islamic texts saying that only through capital punishment could society be cleansed of homosexuality, "this immoral crime."

Sentencing was pending.


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