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The terrorist the courts didn’t jail

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Cartoon by Tim

A MAN who admitted breaching the Anti-Terrorism Act was sentenced last week to only 150 hours community service.

The man, who sent hoax anthrax to an MP and committed a string of racist offences, walked free from court.

Had he been an Arab then his offences would have been the stuff of front-page headlines, but he was a Hitler-loving Scot.

A court accepted Ian MacIntosh’s claim that he had mental problems when he sent a letter containing white powder to the offices of Labour MP Mohammed Sarwar.

Sarwar, MP for Glasgow Govan, said, “This sends a message out that it is acceptable to be racist and target people in the public sector.”

MacIntosh, of Hamilton, Lanarkshire, also committed several other racially aggravated offences.

In May 1999 he sent a letter threatening Mohammed Razzaq and his non-Asian bride, and saying any children they had would be targeted.

In May this year he sent racist remarks to Angela Ndoro’s home in Hamilton. Three days later he sent a racist letter threatening to burn down the home of Mushtaq Ahmed, the Lord Provost of Hamilton.

MacIntosh, clearly not the cleverest of thugs, was arrested after an imprint of his name and address was found on the letter.

Police found a large quantity of videos and magazines about Hitler and the Nazi Party at his home.

Lord Johnston sentenced MacIntosh to 150 hours community service after hearing he had been suffering from a “depressive obsession”.

Mohammed Razzaq said, “By letting him off the courts are almost opening the doors to racists.”

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Inside the System
Sat 22 Nov 2003, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1"
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