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UK Muhammad cartoons protesters sentenced

[JURIST] A court sitting at London's Old Bailey on Wednesday sentenced Abdul Muhid, Umran Javed, and Mizanur Rahman [JURIST reports] to six-year prison terms for inciting murder and racial hatred during a February 2006 protest [BBC report] against the republication of cartoons of the prophet Muhammad [JURIST news archive]. The court also sentenced a fourth defendant, Abdul Saleem, to a four-year term for inciting racial hatred [JURIST report].

The defendants, who were among the five Muslims arrested [JURIST report] in March 2006 for leading the unauthorized protest, are associated with the al-Muhajiroun [Wikipedia backgrounder], a controversial Islamist group banned by the UK in 2005. BBC News has more.

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