Yasin Patel comments on Frank Hester’s alleged hateful remarks about Diane Abbott MP

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By: Yasin Patel FCIArb March 14, 2024

Yasin Patel comments on alleged remarks Conservative donor and businessman Frank Hester made about Diane Abbott MP, and discusses whether they could amount to a hate crime, in The i Paper.

Yasin explained that Hester’s remarks could, in certain circumstances, be perceived as a hate crime, which is covered under the Crime Disorder Act 1998 and the Sentencing Act 2020.

He continued, clarifying that an individual can be prosecuted of the offence if it could be proven that they were motivated towards hostility and prejudice against another by factors including their race or sexual orientation.

Yasin commented: “When someone says a person needs to be shot those are quite strong remarks. When someone says, ‘I want to hate all black women because of her’ – he is prejudicing against the whole race. He has abused her and he has done it in front of other witnesses.

“His remarks could arguably be considered as a hate crime.”

Yasin’s comments were published in The i Paper, 13 March 2024.



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