Wednesday, August 17, 2011

UK deplored for jailing 2 Facebook users

Source: Press TV

British human rights advocates have lashed out at the UK's judiciary system for giving the toughest sentences yet to two Facebook users in the country.

The two users of the social network were sentenced to four years in jail each for inciting unrest in their hometowns on their Facebook pages, the Daily Telegraph reported.

Jordan Blackshaw, 20, and Perry Sutcliffe-Keenan, 22, both without previous criminal records, became the first people to be sentenced by crown court judges in the aftermath of last week civil disobedience that has been rocking Britain in the recent days.

Blackshaw created an event on Facebook entitled “Smash Down Northwich Town”, and Sutcliffe-Keenan encouraged unrest on his page.

The cases came a day after it emerged that the British government instructed magistrates in London that they can ignore normal sentencing guidelines in dealing with anti-government protesters.

For the same reason, the toughest sentences yet in relation with last week's unrest were given to Blackshaw, of Marston near Northwich, and Sutcliffe-Keenan, of Warrington.

The two, who appeared at Chester Crown Court on Tuesday, were arrested last week following incidents of violent disorder in London and other cities across the UK.

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