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BNP leader Griffin fabricated lie

He had said that Asians were seducing and raping white girls as part of a Muslim plot, reports Nabanita Sircar.

india Updated: Jan 18, 2006 20:07 IST
Nabanita Sircar
Nabanita Sircar

The leader of the far-right British National Party Nick Griffin fabricated a lie to claim in a speech, to his followers, that Asian men were seducing and raping white girl as part of a Muslim plot to conquer Britain and expand their faith.

An undercover BBC documentary team however, secretly taped his speech. It is now the main evidence against him in a trial on the charge of inciting racial hatred.

At the very start of the trial, Rodney Jameson QC described how the BNP leader conjured a picture of rapes and muggings which he said Asian people were "entirely responsible for" and boasted he "could get seven years" in prison if what he said was reported to police.

Griffin's speech included statistics stating the white population of Bradford was just one per cent, and that it was 0 per cent in nearby Keighley. He made allegations of paedophile drug rapes by Asian Muslims in Keighley, blamed British Asians for the crimes and spoke of "the evil of what these people have done to our country".

He also allegedly attempted to inflame tension with claims about Asian attempts to "take over our country." The "last whites" would "try and find their way to the sea," he claimed.

Griffin denies using words or behaviour intended to stir up racial hatred.

First Published: Jan 18, 2006 20:05 IST