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The sheriff presiding over the case of Neil MacGregor has ordered that he be admitted to psychiatric hospital for further tests before his next hearing regarding sentencing on 31st July. See BBC for more.

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Neil MacGregor, who threated to blow up Glasgow Central Mosque and behead a Muslim a week, this morning had his bail order revoked and was remanded into custody.

His actual sentencing was deferred for the fifth time after the necessary social enquiry report was not able to be updated. The social worker tried to contact MacGregor but his address was different to the one where letters were hand delivered. MacGregor also hadn’t contacted the social worker.

Sentencing will now take place on June 19th.

For background click here and here. UPDATE: Media coverage at Daily Record, Herald and Scotsman

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The sentencing of Neil MacGregor has been deferred for the fourth time. The psychology report concluded he has a mental disorder and is suitable for probation with treatment, while the social enquiry report stated he wasn’t. The case has been sent back to the social enquiry report writer to reassess in the light of the psychology report.

He’ll be in court again on 29th May. It would be worth pointing out that when it comes to the comparison with al-Qaeda influenced terrorists, some of them have had clear mental disorders too, but they still received harsh sentences. We are seeking clarification from the relevant authorities on the apparent discrepancies.

BBC Online have covered this today. UPDATE: More in the Scotsman

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There’s an article in the Scotsman today about the Neil MacGregor case – as far as I can see, the first media outlet to cover it!

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.

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The sentencing of Neil MacGregor, who threatened to behead a Muslim a week and blow up Glasgow Central Mosque, has been deferred till March 27th for review of a report which was not available.

UPDATE 27/03/09: Sentencing has been deferred again till Friday 17th April

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glasgow_mosque1a1Imagine if a Scottish Muslim pleaded guilty to threatening to blow up Glasgow Cathedral and behead one Christian a week until all British troops were pulled out of Iraq and Afghanistan.

There would be outrage, right? It would be splashed over the front page of every newspaper in the land. It would be the top of all news bulletins.

There would be volumes written on what motivated him, his family background and his beliefs. There would be a rich stream of analysis from a variety of positions. Government would be asked what it was doing to avoid such a thing from happening.

So when news came into the Scottish-Islamic Foundation office this week of one Neil MacGregor pleading guilty to threatening to blow up Glasgow Central Mosque and behead one Muslim a week until all Scottish mosques were shut down, we thought it couldn’t possibly be true.

There had been no build up to such a trial, no coverage during it and none on the verdict. We Googled it, and nothing came up. Not a sausage, nada, zilch.

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