UK politician arrested after Twitter rant against Muslim journalist
A Tory councillor has been arrested and bailed after calling for a Muslim journalist to be stoned to death via Twitter.
Gareth Compton, a 38-year-old barrister, had been reacting to a radio show Âfeaturing newspaper columnist Yasmin Alibhai-Brown discussing David Cameronâ€™s visit to China.
â€˜Can someone please stone Yasmin ÂAlibhai-Brown to death? I shanâ€™t tell Amnesty if you donâ€™t. It would be a blessing really,â€™ Compton tweeted on Wednesday.
Only hours after Wednesdayâ€™s Radio 5 Live broadcast and the subsequent tweet, the councillor was arrested for an offence under Âsection 127 (1a) of the Communications Act 2003. He was released on bail yesterday.
Police had been alerted about the message on the social network site by a member of the Âpublic.