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Man's Visit To His Local Supermarket Quickly Turns Into A Criminal Case

Whether it’s America or Europe, halal branded foods have become a crucial point of contest between Muslims and anti-Muslim groups or individuals. Halal (the Arabic word for ‘permissible’) branded food refers to meat or other food items that are prepared according to Islamic Law, using clean instruments that are free of alcohol or pork contamination. One man from the United Kingdom, 29-year-old Liam Gary Edwards, was recently found guilty of racially aggravated criminal damage after he stuck stickers on halal foods at a Sainsbury’s supermarket in Salford.

Mr. Edwards, a professed lover of animals and nature, stuck the stickers reading “beware halal is barbaric and funds terrorism” on packages of halal branded meat. The stickers also included the hashtag: “#banhalal” and are believed to have been downloaded from an online sticker site. CCTV footage captured the moment Mr. Edwards, accompanied by his girlfriend and 2 children, attached 9 stickers to an array of poultry products, including whole chickens, chicken breast and chicken thighs.

After Mr. Edwards was arrested by police, he told the officers that he had decided to use the stickers after watching a documentary on television about the slaughter of animals. During Mr. Edwards’ trial at Manchester Magistrates’ Court, the Prosecutor, Lisa Connor, spoke about the defendant’s positive manner upon arrest, saying: “He accepted he had been in possession of the stickers and placed them on various items.”

During the trial, Mr. Edwards denied that his actions were racially motivated with his defense saying: “he wasn't motivated by any racial prejudice he just wanted to highlight... his concern for the way in which halal meat is obtained and what happens in abattoirs.” After police searched his home, Mr. Edwards was also charged with possession of cannabis. At this stage of the proceedings, the Muslim community has not made a response in relation to the stickers. After being found guilty, Mr. Edwards was ordered to pay a £60 surcharge, £100 in prosecution costs and £16.50 as compensation to Sainsbury’s.

Source: Daily Mail
Photo: Cavendish Press/MailOnline

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