Sick Nick Griffin uses Kriss Donald murder in bid to bring back death penalty

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Nick Griffin at the BNP Manifesto Launch 2010. He's the one without the colander on his head

BNP boss Nick Griffin has caused outrage after using race-hate murder victim Kriss Donald to call for capital punishment.

Griffin – who heads up the rightwing party – tweeted “Good petition on No10 direct gov website for return of death penalty. Remember Kriss Donald…”

In a tweet that followed, he added: “& Soham murders as you sign it & send link to your email list. Make a stand for justice & democracy!”

The comments are not the first time the far-right party have used Kriss’s name to promote their dangerous views.

The schoolboy’s family have always distanced themselves and Kriss’s murder from the policies of the BNP.

Anas Sarwar, MP for Glasgow Central, the constituency where the murder took place, hit out at Griffin, saying: “I am firmly against the use of unspeakable tragedies for political purposes.”

Kriss was just 15 when he was kidnapped off the streets of Glasgow by a gang of racist thugs – led by Imran “Baldy” Shahid – in 2004.

They snatched him – just yards from his home – purely because he was white.

He was taken on a 200-mile drive before being stabbed 13 times, doused in petrol and set alight while he was still alive.

The killing was a revenge attack after Shahid was assaulted by a white gang at a nightclub the night before.

Since the death, Griffin and other BNP members have frequently used Kriss’s name, much to the disgust of the family, who have always condemned any link.

In 2008, his mum Angela urged online video channel YouTube to remove a clip made by the party that she said was using Kriss’s name to promote hatred.

And in the days after his murder, she begged members of the local community to stay calm, saying: “It doesn’t matter to my family what colour these men are.

“Kriss is gone because of gangs, not just in Pollokshields, but in every area of our communities.”

Mr Sarwar’s father Mohammed, himself a former MP, played a crucial role in bringing Kriss’ killers to justice, organising a one-off extradition treaty when the two men fled to Pakistan.

Shahid, 34, Daanish Zahid, 26, Zeeshan Shahid, 33, and Mohammed Faisal Mustaq, 34, were all sentenced to life in prison.

Last week, Shahid’s bid for freedom was thrown out after new evidence was rejected by appeal judges.

Last night, Angela Donald was unavailable for comment.

From the Sunday Mail . 14.08.11. Story by Lauren Crooks

Editorial. Race hate crimes are deplorable and sickening whoever they are perpetrated by and whoever they are perpetrated against. Anti-fascists everywhere stand in total opposition to them.  We wish to point out however, that “Sick Nick” has on numerous occasions attempted to deny that the murders of Anthony Walker and Stephen Lawrence were racially motivated. He has even been filmed at the site of Walker’s murder repeating this lie. Despite numerous requests for its removal, the film of Griffin’s diatribe can still be seen on Youtube.

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