Azhar Ahmed convicted of offensive Facebook message

A teenager has been found guilty of posting an offensive Facebook message following the deaths of six British soldiers in Afghanistan.

Azhar Ahmed, 19, of Ravensthorpe, West Yorkshire, was charged with sending a grossly offensive communication.

He told Huddersfield Magistrates Court he accepted the message had been “unacceptable” but had denied it was “grossly offensive”.

District Judge Jane Goodwin said Ahmed’s Facebook remarks were “derogatory, disrespectful and inflammatory”.

He will be sentenced later.

BBC News, 14 September 2012

We have already commented on this case here and here.

Update:  See “Anti-Islam group Combined Ex-Forces protest at Huddersfield Facebook trial”, Huddersfield Examiner, 15 September 2012