Hopefully the BC Crown will not drag out the case of Arthur Topham of Quesnel so long the charges must be stayed against him. Arthur Topham was first arrested in May 2012 and released. After a six month investigation a hate propaganda charge Section 319 of the Criminal Code has been laid against him.
The publisher of a British Columbia website that has drawn repeated complaints over its portrayals of Jews has been charged with promoting hatred following a six-month police investigation, officials said Tuesday.
Arthur Topham, 65, was charged with a single count of wilfully promoting hatred against “people of the Jewish religion or ethnic group,” as well as improper storage of firearms found in his house near Quesnel, B.C.
“The branch has approved charges against him,” said Neil MacKenzie of the B.C. Criminal Justice Branch. He said the province’s assistant deputy attorney general had sign off on the hate-crimes charge.
Topham was to make a court appearance Thursday.
“We’re glad that the government and the police have taken our concerns seriously and proceeded,” said Anita Bromberg of B’nai Brith Canada, which had asked police to investigate the website last May.
Topham is a miner and is listed as secretary of the Cariboo Mining Association. He also publishes Radical Press, a website that posts materials with conspiracy theory themes such as the “Biological Jew” and the “Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion.”
The Biological Jew depicts Jews as parasites that suck the blood from their “host” societies while the Protocols is a fraudulent book that purports to describe a conspiracy for worldwide Jewish domination.
In May, Harry Abrams, a B’nai Brith volunteer in Victoria, and Ottawa lawyer Richard Warman both complained to police about the website. Warman’s complaint said both the Biological Jew and the Protocols were banned from import into Canada as hate propaganda.
“When you’ve got that kind of just rabid attack against the Jewish community, I think it’s incumbent on people to stand up in society,” said Warman, who regularly files complaints about racist websites.
Police arrested Topham and questioned him on May 16. According to a transcript of his police interview that was posted online, he asked the investigating officer, Det. Const. Terry Wilson of the B.C. Hate Crime Team, whether he had been trained in Tel Aviv or whether Mossad had come to Canada to train him.
He lectured the officer about how Jews “control what you’re doing” and said they had “created the unit you’re working for.” He asked the officer if he was a Christian and scolded him for what he was doing.
“These guys have spent the last 2,000 years trying to destroy our religion, and you like a Judas are out here like a, like one of their dogs chasing down people who are trying to defend the Christian religion,” he said. “You ought to be ashamed of yourself.”
Doug Christie, Topham’s defence lawyer, confirmed in an email his client had been formally charged. Asked if he wanted to comment, Christie responded: “Opposition to Zionism should not be illegal.”
But Bromberg said the website went well beyond that. “This isn’t a free speech issue about the politics behind Israel. It is borrowing on age-old canards that raise our concerns that this is designed to spread hate,” she said. “Our concerns were valid, they were carefully considered by the police and obviously, because these were hate-crimes charges, by the attorney-general.”
Topham announced on his website he had been charged. He portrayed himself as a defender of free speech and asked for donations. “Judging from the wording of this indictment it looks like it’s going to be a battle between the Christians and the Jews,” he wrote.
Complaints about Radical Press go back to 2007, when B’nai Brith took the website to the Canadian Human Rights Commission. But the case stalled due to uncertainty over the law. Police assumed sole responsibility for investigating hate-crimes complaints about websites after the Conservatives voted in June to repeal a law that had previously allowed the rights commission to deal with such matters.http://www.theprovin...l#axzz2BnJbdU83
In a seemingly odd turn of events Ezra Levant who is Jewish of the Sun News Network is siding with Topham as he interviews Topham's lawyer Doug Christie who has defended the likes of Holocaust Deniers Ernst Zundel and James Keegstra in the past.
Maybe not so odd when you learn that Ezra Levant is under investigation for the same offence with which Topham is charged by the Toronto Police in respect of comments he has made about Roma people.
Roma group’s complaint against Ezra Levant prompts Toronto police investigation
Published on Wednesday October 24, 2012
A complaint about broadcaster Ezra Levant’s rant that likened Gypsies to “swindlers” has prompted a Toronto police investigation.
Toronto’s Roma Community Centre, which has called the rant “overtly racist, prejudicial, and demeaning,” lodged the complaint with police on Oct. 11.
Const. Wendy Drummond confirmed Toronto police had received the complaint and were investigating the comments aired on Levant’s Sun News show, The Source, on Sept. 5.
An Oct. 15 statement from Roma Community Centre executive director Gina Csányi-Robah described Levant’s comments as “nearly nine minutes of on-air racist hate-speech targeting our community.”
Early in Levant’s segment, “The Jew vs. the Gypsies,” he likened Gypsies with “swindlers,” and said “too many have come here as false refugees.”
Levant attempted to qualify his comments by saying politically correct terms are being used to obscure the truth.
Csányi-Robah said called the comments “one of the longest and most sustained on-air broadcasts of hate-speech against any community in Canada that we’ve witnessed since our organization was established in 1997.”
Edited by Wetcoaster, 09 November 2012 - 11:18 PM.