The judge who just sentenced 3 Islamic* terrorists is the one wrongly derided for demanding an explanation of the workings of the Internet. This episode confirms the sheer quality of the Brit legal system.
Three Islamist extremists were jailed yesterday for engaging in “cyber-jihad” by inciting terrorism on the internet.
They promoted martyrdom and holy war through online forums and websites, including discussions about a plot by 45 doctors to explode a car bomb at an American naval base. It was the first prosecution based entirely on the distribution of jihadi material via the internet…
At the end of the trial yesterday, Mr Justice Openshaw was handed a note from the jury indicating that it was their request that had prompted his question. It read: “We, the jury, would like you to know that we are sorry for any embarrassment.”
The judge was reported to have said: “The trouble is, I don’t understand the language. I don’t really understand what a website is.”
I opined on July 4 that the US Constitution was much more robust than that of the UK.
So it’s only fair to add that in my experience the Brit legal system is fair, rational, and intelligent, whereas the US legal system is not.
* See subsequent post.