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Rotherham 12 jury delivers not guilty verdicts for all Asian men on trial

Issue No. 2530

Rotherham 12 defendant Abrar Javid earlier this year

Rotherham 12 defendant Abrar Javid earlier this year (Pic: Socialist Worker)

The jury in the trial of the Rotherham 12 has today, Wednesday, delivered not guilty verdicts for all men who stood trial.

The Rotherham 12 are a group of Asian men who were charged with violent disorder following a peaceful anti-racist protest against the Nazi Britain First.

Abrar Javid was one of those acquitted. He told Socialist Worker, “This is a landmark victory – it’s unprecedented.

“I think it will send a clear message that we have rights. Justice has prevailed.”

The men were arrested following a Nazi march in Rotherham, South Yorkshire, in September last year. It was one of 14 marches by fascists in just 14 months.

Abrar said, “We were under siege. We lived in fear of constant marches and feel the police failed to protect us.”

The defence argued that the men acted in self-defence. The jury heard how a group of drunken fascists hurled racist abuse at Asian children before attacking some of those who had been on the anti-racist protest.

Two of the Rotherham 12 had pled guilty. They could appeal to change that plea in the light of the jury’s decision

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