An­thrax ‘guilty’ plea

The Jewish Chronicle - - News - BY DANA GLOGER

A MAN who sent a let­ter con­tain­ing pow­der to the JC’s of­fices has pleaded guilty to seven of­fences, five of them re­li­giously ag­gra­vated.

The charges faced by Ashraf Ali, who ap­peared at Portsmouth Crown Court on Wed­nes­day, re­lated to two of­fences of black­mail, four counts of racial or re­li­giously ag­gra­vated ha­rass­ment and one count of re­li­giously ag­gra­vated in­ten­tional ha­rass­ment.

In Oc­to­ber 2001, the JC re­ceived an en­ve­lope con­tain­ing white pow­der and an­ote­say­ing“Al­lJewsDie”,“WorldTrade Cen­tre” and “Pen­tagon”. Po­lice later con­firmed the pow­der was not an­thrax or any other dan­ger­ous sub­stance.

Ali, 31, also tar­geted other Jewish or­gan­i­sa­tions, in­clud­ing Portsmouth and South­sea He­brew Con­gre­ga­tion and Southamp­ton Syn­a­gogue. He will be sen­tenced at Portsmouth Crown Court on Fri­day June 20.

A 52-year-old man who was last week charged with a com­mu­ni­ca­tions of­fence af­ter al­legedly send­ing racist and an­tisemitic emails to jour­nal­ists and politi­cians, in­clud­ing to the JC, has been charged with a fur­ther 10 of­fences.

Seven of the new charges which Ma­her Kham­mash now faces re­late to the JC, which re­ceived 54 sep­a­rate com­mu­ni­ca­tions.

One charge re­lates to the Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion, which was also a vic­tim.

He was due to ap­pear at Uxbridge Mag­is­trates yes­ter­day.

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