Islamist fined for British war dead insult

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A Muslim extremist who burned replica poppies -- a symbol of remembrance in Britain -- on Armistice Day was fined Monday after being found guilty of a public order offence.

Emdadur Choudhury, 26, a member of Muslims Against Crusades (MAC), was found guilty of a "calculated and deliberate" insult to the war dead and those who honour their sacrifice.

District judge Howard Riddle fined him £50 ($80, 60 euros) and a £15 victim surcharge at the top-security Woolwich Crown Court in southeast London.

On November 11 last year, MAC members chanted "British soldiers burn in hell" before an incident near the Royal Albert Hall concert venue in west London, the trial heard.

"The two-minute chanting, when others were observing a silence, followed by a burning of the symbol of remembrance was a calculated and deliberate insult to the dead and those who mourn or remember them," Riddle said.

In the November remembrance season, many Britons wear a paper red poppy in their lapels, symbolising the poppies which grew on French and Belgian battlefields during World War I.

Queen Elizabeth II leads a national tribute to British and Commonwealth troops killed in conflict at The Cenotaph memorial in central London.

© 2011 AFP

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