June 05, 2009
Posted by Antifascist
Stephen Whittle, 42, and Simon Sheppard, 52, of Selby, fled in July 2008 after being convicted of publishing hate speech against Jews and other groups on their website. The men sought asylum under America's free speech protections, claiming they were being persecuted for their right-wing views.
They were taken into custody at Los Angeles International Airport when they asked a uniformed US official for help. An immigration judge ordered that the men be deported to the UK to face justice, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Sheppard and Whittle fled the UK last July during a trial at Leeds Crown Court after being released on bail while the jury deliberated over further charges after convicting them on several counts.
Lancashire Evening Post