Prosecutors in Britain have decided to downplay threats posed by a senior Islamophobic figure who touted attacks against Muslims and immigrants, saying evidence against the man, who allegedly built explosive devices in his home for a planned attack on Muslims, was “insufficient” to charge him with terror-related offences.
The Independent newspaper said in a report on its website on Tuesday that Matthew Glynn, 37, had not been charged with terror offences because the prosecution did not allege that Glynn was planning to use the homemade bombs in an attack.
However, there has been sufficient evidence from Glynn’s activity online suggesting that he was in fact planning a fatal attack on Muslims, especially in Bristol, where he lives.
The independent said Glynn’s Facebook posts had indicated anti-Muslim and extreme right-wing views while he shared numerous videos from the anti-Islam Britain First, an extremist group which is now banned and its leaders have been jailed.
Many of Glynn’s posts liked in the social media were devoted to weapons and military memorabilia like an ax manufacturer, the report said, while the Islamophobic figure also followed pages on Facebook like “World Against Islamism”, “Stop Islamification Wake Up World” and “Exposing Islam”.
Glynn was arrested in July after police found the explosive devices in his home. He is due to be sentenced next month by the Bristol Crown Court.
Britain has seen a surge in Islamophobic activity over the past years while authorities have been accused of not doing enough to contain notable figures who openly call for attacks on Muslims and immigrants.
Tommy Robinson, the top Islamophobe in Britain and founder of the English Defense League, has managed to escape convictions for contempt of the court charges. The man, which is believed to be very close to the Islamophobic camp in the United States, have also staged rallies in major cities like London calling for an outright ban on the arrival of Muslims into Britain.