Anderson prosecution calls spark BNP Twitter tirade
The leader of the BNP has reacted angrily to a call from Derry MEP Martina Anderson for his immunity from prosecution to be lifted.
Ms Anderson, a Sinn Fein MEP, yesterday called for the immunity to be removed after BNP leader Nick Griffin used a derogatory term about Catholics on social media site Twitter.
She said Mr Griffin, who made the comment after he attended the Ulster Covenant Parade in Belfast on Saturday, could only be prosecuted, if immunity enjoyed by MEPs was lifted.
“Immunity from prosecution cannot be lifted until there is a request from the Attorney General to the President of the European Parliament who refers the matter to the committee on legal affairs,” she said.
“This should act as an incentive for the PSNI to pursue prosecution and I have been in contact with the PSNI regarding his inflammatory comments,” she said.
But that call sparked a further Twitter tirade from Mr Griffin, who attended the Ulster Covenant Parade in Belfast on Saturday. In a series of tweets Mr Griffin called the Derry politician a “Fenian ba*****d” and a “cynical hypocrite.” He said he would waive his immunity and apologise when Ms Anderson apologises for IRA activities.
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