27/09/2013

Loyalist Campaigner Wears Abu Hamza Outfit To Court

Loyalist campaigner Willie Frazer arrived at a Belfast court dressed as radical Muslim cleric Abu Hamza.

Frazer, 53, was wearing a black robe, skullcap, fake beard, a hooked hand and an eye patch at he arrived at Laganside Court.

He was protesting at being charged under legislation that he says was brought in to deal with Islamic hate preachers.

Frazer, from Markethill, Co Armagh, faces charges linked to union flag demonstrations in January.

He was accompanied by Jim Dowson and Jamie Bryson.

Alliance Chief Whip Stewart Dickson MLA said: "Willie Frazer's decision to dress up as Abu Hamza is deeply offensive. He is trying to suggest that the law he has been charged under should only be used against Muslims, which is not only wrong but actually racist.

"It is offensive on so many levels. He is mocking Muslims and perpetuating stereotypes. The eye patch and hook are also offensive to people with disabilities. By making such a distasteful stunt at a court appearance he is showing disrespect to our Judiciary.

"It has exposed the nastiness and intolerance of these individuals. As a person who claims to speak on behalf of victims, Willie is making a mockery of the issues he has highlighted."

Frazer is due in court again next week.

(CD/JP)

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