Scotsman hate case man pleads guilty

By Cathy Forman, October 21, 2010

A man has pleaded guilty to distributing threatening and insulting antisemitic material through the website of The Scotsman newspaper.

Mohammed Sandia, 45, appeared at Edinburgh Sheriff Court, where Sheriff Michael O'Grady called for a community service report before sentencing next month. Mr Sandia was released on bail.

In a statement, the Scottish Crown Office pledged: "There is no place in Scotland for those who commit crimes motivated by prejudice and intolerance. The Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service takes offences of this kind extremely seriously and will continue to work closely with other criminal justice agencies to ensure that offenders are brought to justice."

At the Scottish Council of Jewish Communities, public affairs officer Leah Granat welcomed "the diligence with which the police and Crown Office followed up our original report about these appalling comments.

"The success of their prosecution underlines the importance of reporting all incidents to the police."

Last updated: 12:56pm, October 22 2010