Lionheart Makes Local Headlines
Posted by Exile on February 17, 2008
Lionheart is back in the news. I received an e-mail today that linked me to an article in the local Luton rag describing Lionhearts attempts to seek political asylum in the States.
Having read the article, I can only assume that it was written by a fifteen year old with a lack of journalistic finesse. Here it is, as it appears on the aforementioned link.
A controversial ‘web logger’ from Dunstable is seeking asylum in America because he faces arrest in the UK for stirring up racial hatred.
-No doubt here in the headline. He has been stirring up racial hatred.
Paul Ray, who regularly writes an online diary as ‘Lionheart’, was due to attend Bedford’s Greyfriars Police Station on February 18 as part of Bedfordshire Police’s investigation into his blog. However, he has decided to apply for political asylum in America because he risks charges which carry a maximum prison sentence of seven years.
His blog includes his opinions on the heroin trade, Islamic fundamentalism and police corruption.
Mr Ray, 31, speaking to told Luton on Sunday on the phone from South Carolina, said : “I was going to meet Bedfordshire Police on Monday. But I don’t want to come back to England and get arrested.
I had death threats in Dunstable and I wrote everything down. I did it because if anything happened to me then I wouldn’t just be another statistic. I have just written my thoughts down while I have been on the run. I am applying for political asylum on the grounds of political persecution and human rights issues. All I’ve done is written words on a blog. That doesn’t befit a prison sentence.”
-Mr Ray, 31, speaking to ..whom? .. told Luton on Sunday..
Mr Ray, who used to have a flat in Great Northern Road and a computer shop on Albion Street, claims he has received death threats.
-He claims.. Never mind what the man said five lines ago. Cast a little doubt on the mans honesty here.
He admits his reactions to this in his blog may be considered ‘over the top’ but maintains he has a right to write his beliefs.
He has been in South Carolina dodging arrest after receiving an email from Bedfordshire Police’s DC Ian Holden on January 3.
-He is obviously wanted in South Carolina? What for?
The email said: ‘The offence that I need to arrest you for is ‘Stir up Racial Hatred by displaying written material’ contrary to sections 18(1) and 27(3) of the Public Order Act 1986. You will be arrested on SUSPICION of the offence. You would only be charged following a full investigation based on all the relevant facts and CPS consent.”
Mr Ray added that he will return to Britain unless Bedfordshire Police confirm they are going to cease their investigation.
-Something wrong here. I believe that he won’t return to the UK unless Bedfordshire Police confirm they are going to cease…
A spokeswoman for Bedfordshire Police said: “We contacted him to say that when he returns to this country we would like to see him.
“We have got a complaint about his blog. That is the whole point of this exercise. We have spoken to him like we would with any other crime.”
All the bold red script is mine.
And just so you can check that what I write is correct, here is the same link:
Lionheart, I wish you luck. This newspaper has you hung already.
This has to get more media coverage. A Brit seeking political asylum in America has got to lift some eyebrows somewhere. It has certainly lifted mine.
Freedom of expression in the UK? In a pigs eye!