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Grenfell Tower: Woman guilty of stirring up racial hatred with Facebook posts

Grenfell Tower: Woman guilty of stirring up racial hatred with Facebook posts

Tahra Ahmed, 51, posted 'virulently' antisemitic conspiracy theories on social media. | ITV News London

Friday 14 January 2022, 4:29pmA woman who claimed on Facebook that Grenfell Tower victims were "burnt alive in a Jewish sacrifice" has been found guilty of stirring up race hate.Tahra Ahmed, 51, posted "virulently" antisemitic conspiracy theories on social media, with one sent just days after the fire in West London that claimed the lives of 72 people.

An Old Bailey jury deliberated for eight hours to find her guilty – by a majority of 11 to one – of two charges of stirring up racial hatred by publishing written material.During the trial, prosecutor Hugh French said Ahmed’s posts in January and June 2017 had "crossed the line as to what is acceptable in a liberal society".

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London Friday 14 January 2022, 4:29pm A woman who claimed on Facebook that Grenfell Tower victims were "burnt alive in a Jewish sacrifice" has been found guilty of stirring up race hate.Thu 13 Jan 2022 16.Thu 13 Jan 2022 16.Judge Michael Cullum ordered pre-sentence reports and remanded Hickman, of Philip Street in Gloucester, into custody ahead of his sentencing hearing on March 17.

Tahra Ahmed, 51, posted "virulently" antisemitic conspiracy theories on social media, with one sent just days after the fire in West London that claimed the lives of 72 people. An Old Bailey jury deliberated for eight hours to find her guilty – by a majority of 11 to one – of two charges of stirring up racial hatred by publishing written material.03 GMT A property developer bidding to build a 51-storey apartment tower with only one staircase has put its planning application on hold just hours after the Guardian exposed fire safety concerns . During the trial, prosecutor Hugh French said Ahmed’s posts in January and June 2017 had "crossed the line as to what is acceptable in a liberal society". On Thursday evening Ballymore had planned to seek approval for one of the UK’s tallest residential buildings close to Canary Wharf in east London , but withdrew its application after fire safety experts branded as “madness” its plan to build more than 400 flats in a tower two-and-a-half times the height of Grenfell with just one staircase. On June 18 2017 – four days after the disaster – she posted a video on Facebook of the blaze and stated: "They were burnt alive in a Jewish sacrifice. Details of the scheme triggered widespread outrage and concern, including from survivors of the disaster at Grenfell Tower, which also had only one staircase." An earlier post, on January 26 2017, also set out an antisemitic conspiracy theory, jurors were told. "I would like to thank the victim in this case for her unwavering strength and bravery throughout the investigation.

An examination of Ahmed’s Facebook account revealed a history of antisemitic comments, the court heard. On Thursday the London fire brigade also raised formal concerns about the proposals with planners at the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, and Ballymore asked for the application to be taken off the planning committee agenda. On Thursday the London fire brigade also raised formal concerns about the proposals with planners at the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, and Ballymore asked for the application to be taken off the planning committee agenda. French said that, while Ahmed’s Facebook account demonstrated "strongly held beliefs", the two posts identified were "clear demonstrations of racial hatred". Ahmed, from Tottenham, North London, denied wrongdoing, arguing her posts were political rather than antisemitic. “In buildings with a single escape route, we would expect the developer to have their own fire engineers provide a full review to show the resilience in the event of a fire and this does not appear to have been carried out. She made no reaction in court as the jury delivered its verdicts on Friday.” Under current building regulations, a single staircase is allowed in tall buildings if they are designed so that residents can “stay put safely in their flats in the event of a fire”. Adjourning sentencing until February 11, Judge Mark Dennis ordered a pre-sentence report and allowed Ahmed continued bail. However, fire safety experts believe that is too risky and the government is reviewing provision of escape routes.

"All sentencing options are open," he said. "Nothing must be read into that one way or another. A leaseholder in a nearby Ballymore apartment block that caught fire last year, described the plan as “very scary” because it could result in evacuees and firefighters trying to use the same stairway in opposite directions. A leaseholder in a nearby Ballymore apartment block that caught fire last year described the plan as “very scary” because it could result in evacuees and firefighters trying to use the same stairway in opposite directions." .