Islamic centre staff jailed for race hatred

21st June 2006, Comments 0 comments

21 June 2006, BRUSSELS — Brussels Court sentenced on Wednesday two workers of the Belgian Islamic Centre to 10 months jail, five of which were suspended, for inciting race hatred against Jews via the centre's website.

21 June 2006

BRUSSELS — Brussels Court sentenced on Wednesday two workers of the Belgian Islamic Centre to 10 months jail, five of which were suspended, for inciting race hatred against Jews via the centre's website.

The 26-year-old Abdel Rahman Ayachi and the 30-year-old Raphaël Gendron are both responsible for administering the centre's website.

Besides the jail terms, they were each ordered to pay a fine of EUR 15,000 and deposit EUR 2,500 into the account of the Centre for Equal Opportunities and Opposition to Racism.

The anti-racism bureau had lodged a complaint against the Islamic centre and the monetary sentence is designed to compensate the Jewish community for the damage and insulting remarks made by Sébastien Courtoy, the lawyer for the defence.

Some 20 other people — who are members of a social dialogue collective — will each be paid the symbolic compensation of EUR 1.

The two defendants were convicted of denying the Holocaust, minimalising the extent of Nazi crimes and inciting race hatred, especially against Jews, via a video report and prosecutable statements.

[Copyright Expatica News 2006]

Subject: Belgian news

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