'Australian man faces indictment for anti-Semitic letter'

Defense attorney argues "the alleged comments were made in a political context and were not necessarily offensive," according to report.

By JPOST.COM STAFF
August 23, 2011 12:19
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A Muslim man is fighting multiple indictments in the District Court of New South Wales for sending letters to families of soldies who died in Afghanistan and to the family of a trade official who died in last year's Jakarta bombing, according to an AAP report in Tuesday's Sydney Morning Herald.



In one instance, Man Haron Monis described a Jewish soldier who had killed a civilian as a "dirty animal" in a letter to politicians and the Jewish community. "Some Jews who blame Hitler for violations of human rights are not much better than him," he added.

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In a hearing on Tuesday, Commonwealth barrister John Agius said that the letters were offensive and capable of causing harm to their recipients.

Monis's lawyer argued that "the alleged comments were made in a political context and were not necessarily offensive," according to the report.


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