Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Blunkett Slams Judge over Farrakhan Ruling

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Blunkett Slams Judge over Farrakhan Ruling

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Byline: DAVID TAYLOR;DAVID MACMILLAN

HOME SECRETARY David Blunkett today launched a furious attack on a High Court judge who has told him to reconsider the decision to ban race-hate extremist Louis Farrakhan from Britain.

The Nation of Islam leader - notorious for calling Hitler a "great man", branding Judaism a "gutter religion" and describing white people as "devils" - has been barred since 1986 by successive Home Secretaries who fear his inflammatory rhetoric would stir serious racial disorder.

But Mr Justice Turner, who overturned the order in July, explaining his reasons today, said that the Government had failed to show any real grounds for maintaining the ban since it was rubber stamped last year by Jack Straw.

The judge said: "In my judgment, the Home Secretary signally failed to establish 'objective justification' for his decision to continue the exclusion of the claimant from the UK." He gave Mr Blunkett seven days either to look again at Mr Farrakhan's case or launch an appeal. …

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