Man arrested for alleged Facebook posts about ‘killing all Muslims’ is released pending ‘further investigations’
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Tuesday October 03 2017
Cornwall Live reports that a 63-year-old man is under investigation for allegedly writing on his Facebook wall that he would have “no worries about ending the life of any Muslim”.
On September 15, Eric King, from Cornwall, shared a Britain First’s Facebook post headlined “While Christianity dies in Germany, Islam springs up in its place!” and he allegedly wrote “Islam needs to be wiped off the face of the earth, if that means killing all Muslims, so be it”.
His subsequent full post said: “Why are we being forced to except [sic] all these immigrants, they are the scum of the world I hate every one of them, I have no worries about ending the life of any Muslim, they are more than happy to end the lives of all white people, the day is coming when we the white true people of the UK will revolt and take the country back.”
Following King’s arrest, a Devon and Cornwall Police spokesman said: “A 63-year-old man from St Austell was arrested on suspicion of publish threatening written material intending to stir up religious / sexual orientation hatred.”
The police has later stated that the man has been “released under investigation pending further enquiries to be carried out”.
In August this year, the Crown Prosecution Service issued a prosecution guidance clarifying that online hate crime would be “treated as seriously as abuse committed face-to-face”. This was a welcomed news, particularly since earlier inquiries into the problem disclosed a significant increase in online hate crimes. In 2014, 1,209 people were convicted under the Communications Act, compared to 143 people in 2004.
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