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Nick Griffin tweets while Manchester Muslim abuse trial jury out

Click Manchester by Chris Bradley | Thursday, 3 May 2012 | Click here for original article

BNP leader Nick Griffin protesting outside Liverpool Crown Court
BNP leader Nick Griffin protesting outside Liverpool Crown Court

Police are examining Tweets by BNP leader Nick Griffin while a crown court jury is out on the cases of 11 men accused of involvement in a paedophile sex ring.

Detectives and court officials were thought to be considering whether the social network messages amount to evidence of an offence of contempt of court.

The Tweets by the right-wing politician caused a frison at Liverpool Crown Court and were the subject of numerous "Retweets" within minutes.

Eleven Asian men have denied charges including rape, trafficking and sexual assault in an 11-week trial in which a jury went out on Monday to consider its verdicts.

Griffin's original Tweet was followed by a second cryptic message on Twitter.

In it Griffin said: "Reminder to social networkers. Anyone not convicted is innocent until proven guilty."

The men on trial are all from the Manchester area.

The rape claims came to light in 2008 when a 15 year-old girl was arrested at a take-away in Rochdale by officers attending reports of a disturbance.

Once in custody she pleaded with Greater Manchester Police not to take her back to the property claining she would fall-back into the hands of her alleged abusers.

A jury of three men and nine women retired on Monday to consider its verdicts after an eleven-week trial, but it remains unclear when they are likely to return those verdicts.

Sources at Greater Manchester Police indicated that Griffin's original Tweet was being examined, but two hours after it was first posted the suspect message remained on line.

Griffin issued another Tweet at 4.03pm which was also potentially in contempt of court.

He said he was issuing the Tweets while election campaigning in London and receiving information from Liverpool.

A Greater Manchester Police declined to comment.

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