A Muslim man was brought before a court yesterday accused of making offensive remarks on Facebook about the deaths of six British soldiers.
Azhar Ahmed, 19, has been charged of committing a crime under the Communications Act of posting a ‘grossly offensive’ message.
At an earlier hearing he pleaded not guilty to the charge and was due to stand trial at Huddersfield Magistrates Court yesterday.
It is claimed Ahmed posted the provocative statement on his Facebook profile page on 8 March - two days after the soldiers lost their lives in an explosion in Afghanistan.
Ahmed strutted into the court wearing a cap and with a woollen hoodie pulled up over this head.
The District Judge heard no evidence and postponed the trial until 14 September due to an unforeseen legal problem.
Ahmed, of Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, was released on bail.
Around 20-30 protesters turned up at Huddersfield Magistrates Court for the inquiry and the public gallery was filled to capacity.
At an earlier court appearance approximately 50 protestors mounted a noisy, but peaceful, demonstration with placards calling for those who insult British armed forces to be jailed.
The Facebook comments in March this year followed the appalling deaths of six British soldiers.
The six men, Sergeant Nigel Coupe, Corporal Jake Hartley Private Anthony Frampton, Private Christopher Kershaw, Private Daniel Wade and Private Daniel Wilford were killed in the most fatal single attack on British soldiers in Afghanistan since 2001.
The soldiers who died were killed when their vehicle was blown up by a huge improvised explosive device.
How does the judge in this case justify releasing Ahmed on bail for behaving disgracefully in regards to the deaths of British war heroes when Emma West was remanded in custody, supposedly for her own safety for saying what millions of people can relate to feeling?
Liam Stacey, the teenager that tweeted offensive messages regarding the on pitch cardiac arrest of the footballer Muamba was jailed.
Why is Ahmed being treated so differently? Is it because he's not one of the silent majority?