ASIANS IN Bradford who were charged and imprisoned after the 2001 riot went to the court of appeal last week. Four had their sentences reduced-so much for David Blunkett’s attack on campaigners as ‘maniacs’ who were ‘whining’ about high sentences. But Lord Justice Rose ruled a further 11 would keep their sentences of between four and six and a half years.
Rose did not make any direct criticism of Judge Gullick, who handed out the original sentences. But Rose did say it was ‘unfortunate’ that Gullick had said he ‘was not concerned with the origins of the violence’. The court of appeal ruled the riot was almost certainly triggered by the stabbing of an Asian man in central Bradford, and said that the ‘Asian community was understandably concerned to defend itself against right wing groups’.
Yet Lord Justice Rose went on to condemn ‘the defiance of the young’. Imran Khan, who is representing some of the defendants, said, ‘The context in which the riots took place should have been taken into account. We hope that those who have yet to be sentenced will be appropriately dealt with.’
Around 20 more Asians face trial over the events in Bradford. Asian defendants charged after the events in Oldham, who are pleading not guilty, are due in court later this year.
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