UK: Youth Jailed for Owning Book
His “offense” was possessing a book freely available on the Internet to anyone who wants it.
A FORMER BRITISH STUDENT who was given a suspended prison sentence and told to read classic literature after being convicted of the preposterous “terrorism offense” of owning a book has now been jailed.
Ben John, described by police as a “White supremacist with a neo-Nazi ideology,” was given a two-year suspended term at Leicester Crown Court last August.
The 22-year-old, from Lincoln, has now been jailed for two years after Lord Justice Holroyde quashed the original sentence at the Court of Appeal, finding it was unlawful.
Lord Justice Holroyde said: “We are satisfied that there must be a sentence of immediate imprisonment.”
John was convicted of “possessing a record likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism” after he was found with a copy of The Anarchist’s Cookbook – a book which contains instructions for making weapons and explosives, not unlike the numerous similar books and manuals promoted and sold by Jewish leftists and “antifa” for the last fifty years. The Anarchist’s Cookbook has long been digitized and freely available on the ’Net for anyone to download. One strongly suspects that the prosecutors and the “Lord Justice” possess copies themselves.
Police also found literary and cinematic works “praising Adolf Hitler” and “White supremacist songs” at his residence. (Perhaps one of the songs was the one promoted and endorsed by the government in the mid-20th century as part of the White Australia policy.)
John has been jailed after the Attorney General’s Office (AGO) referred his sentence to the Court of Appeal under what the court — doubtless under Jewish pressure — now calls “the unduly lenient sentencing scheme.”
The Court of Appeal was told the sentencing judge suspended John’s prison sentence after the ex-student promised to “stop his interest in far-right ideologies.” (Backing down like this, or apologizing for being a truth-teller, is always a bad idea. It will gain you nothing and stain your conscience forever.)
However, John had been “liking Nazi-themed content online just five days after promising the judge he had put it behind him”, Solicitor General Alex Chalk QC said. Chalk argued that, while the sentence was intended to allow for “potent control,” [what the Hell does that mean? — Ed.] this idea in the circumstances was “manifestly false.”
During his sentencing, John was invited by a judge to read famous works, including Pride and Prejudice and A Tale of Two Cities, as he was given a five-year “serious crime prevention order” and the suspended sentence with an extra year “on licence” — a British term essentially meaning probation; his life will be under management and continuous scrutiny of the court. Asking him to read 19th-century British literature is quite bizarre under the circumstances, since the social and racial views of not only the authors mentioned, but of almost every British subject of the time, would be considered “far right” today.
Richard Wormald QC, for John, argued The Anarchist’s Cookbook was a “counter-culture publication” that he had downloaded in his early teens but had not accessed since. He also said it was part of John’s library which also contained Marxist literature and books on gardening and baking.
After a two-and-a-half-hour hearing on Wednesday morning, three senior judges quashed his original sentence and replaced it with a sentence of two years in prison and a third year “on licence.”
Lord Justice Holroyde, sitting with Justice Lavender [I bet! — Ed.] and Sir Nigel Davis, said “certain offenses” require a “mandatory year on licence.”
John will now have to surrender himself to a police station, the judges ruled. Addressing him after giving the decision, Lord Justice Holroyde said: “You will have to serve at least two-thirds of the two-year period.”
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Source: Daily Archives