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« on: Nov 11, 2010 07:07 PM »

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Politician arrested over Twitter call to stone Muslim journalist

BRITISH politician has been arrested for writing on Twitter that a female Muslim journalist should be stoned to death.

Tory councillor Gareth Compton, 38, tweeted, "Can someone please stone Yasmin Alibhai-Brown to death? I shan't tell Amnesty [International] if you don't. It would be a blessing, really."

He later apologised for the remark, calling it "an ill-conceived attempt at humour", but Alibhai-Brown said it was racially motivated.

Alibhai-Brown, who writes for British newspaper The Independent, said she regarded the comment as incitement to murder and confirmed she would report Compton to the police.

"If I as a Muslim woman had tweeted that it would be a blessing if Gareth Compton was stoned to death I'd be arrested immediately," she said.

A Conservative spokesman said: "Language of this sort is not acceptable and as a result Gareth Compton's membership has been indefinitely suspended pending a further investigation."

Mr Compton, who represents the party in Birmingham, central England, deleted the original tweet amid the furor. He was bailed following his arrest.

A spokeswoman for West Midlands Police confirmed a 38-year-old man had been held "on suspicion of sending an offensive or indecent message."

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