3 members of 'Muslim patrol' in London jailed for harassing people behaving in 'unIslamic' manner
LONDON (AFP) - Three members of a self-styled "Muslim patrol" in London who harassed passers-by for wearing short skirts, holding hands and drinking alcohol have been jailed, in a conviction welcomed by the local mosque on Saturday.
The men were jailed for up to 16 months on Friday after admitting a variety of public order and assault charges during "patrols" in December 2012 and January 2013.
One of the incidents was filmed by the gang and posted on YouTube, causing widespread public outrage and raising tensions in an area already targeted by far-right groups because of its large Muslim population.
"These men routinely threatened and intimidated innocent members of the public whom they perceived to be behaving in an 'unIslamic' manner," said prosecutor Baljit Ubhey.