Three more charged with stirring up homophobic hatred

A Gay Pride march in London
Image caption The case is the first to be brought since new laws were introduced

Three more men, all from Derby, have been charged with stirring up hatred on the grounds of sexual orientation.

Ahjaz Ali, 41, Umer Javed, 37 and Mehboob Hassain, 44, are accused of distributing threatening material.

Two other men were charged on the same grounds on Thursday. The charges relate to the distribution of a leaflet, The Death Penalty?, in Derby last year.

The Crown Prosecution Service said the case was the first brought since new laws were introduced for this offence.

The leaflets were distributed outside mosques in Derby city centre in July 2010.

They were also posted through letter boxes in the city.

All five will appear at Derby Magistrates' Court on 14 February.

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