The point we make in the article though is that while there has been criticism over the apparent media blackout on the case, this can’t just be squarely put at their door.
MacGregor is only up in the Sheriff Court on breach of the peace, racially aggravated. The question put to the Crown Office is why despite there being parallels with cases pursued under the Terrorism Acts, he wasn’t charged under them. And even if this wasn’t appropriate or possible for some reason, why is he only being prosecuted at the Sheriff Court rather than the High Court where the sentencing could be stiffer than the absolute maximum of five years he can receive there?
The suspicion remains that had he been a Muslim, MacGregor would be looking at a more severe punishment than what he’ll get on Friday. The Sheriff could I’m reliably informed refer the case for sentencing to the High Court. While it’s in his power, it remains to be seen how likely that is.
Since we first put the news out there, the case has been picked up pretty widely on the blogosphere, and a Facebook group has also been set up to highlight it. MSP Frank McAveety has also laid a motion before the Scottish Parliament.
UPDATE 17/04/09: Sentencing has been deferred for the third time, till 1st May
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