British Publisher Simon Sheppard arrested – his house searched – computers seized
Once inside, they arrested him on
"suspicion of distributing racially inflammatory material, under section
19 of the Public Order Act 1986", allowed him to dress, handcuffed him
and took him away. Soon afterwards a search team arrived on the premises to
prowl through his materials, confiscating two computers and some books -
he does not know which.
Sheppard’s friend Paul Ballard explains:
“… it seems that some sourpuss at
the Post Office opened an outgoing package, saw something about Anne Frank,
deemed it 'anti Semitic' and reported it to the police. This was enough for
the special 'anti racist' task forces to spring into action.”
Suspect Sheppard was detained until 1 pm,
then bailed for three months, during which time he may or may not be charged
with having committed an as yet unspecified act.
His activity as a revisionist publisher is
well known to the authorities: in 2008 he was tried and convicted for
distribution of "racist" tracts and imprisoned for three years. But
he is unbowed, having no intention of giving up his life's work merely because
the arbitrary ruling power disapproves of it.
Today the offence of "distributing
racially inflammatory material" carries a sentence of up to seven years.
So much for freedom of expression in merry old England.
Simon Sheppard's catalogue, The Heretical
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