June 14, 2018 / 11:51 PM / 10 days ago

Man charged in 'Punish a Muslim Day' letters

(Reuters) - A man accused of sending letters promoting “Punish a Muslim Day” and urging people around Britain to commit violent acts was charged on Thursday with 14 offenses including soliciting to murder, British counter-terrorism police said.

David Parnham, 35, from Lincoln, was scheduled to appear before the Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Friday on charges that included causing distress or anxiety and attempting to endanger human life or create a serious risk to human health, police said in a statement.

The letters, which designated April 3 as “Punish a Muslim Day” and proposed ranking acts of violence according to a points system, began arriving in some people’s post in March. Among others, four members of parliament with South Asian backgrounds received copies.

April 3 passed without any reported surge in anti-Muslim violence.

Reporting by Kanishka Singh in Bengaluru

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