Alibhai-Brown will not press charges in Twitter case

Columnist and commentator Yasmin Alibhai-Brown has said she will not press charges against Birmingham councillor Graham Compton.

Compton had tweeted suggesting that someone should stone the Ugandan-born Muslim journalist. He had been listening to Alibhai-Brown discuss stoning and human rights on BBC radio at the time. The Conservative Party politician was arrested under section 127 of the Communications Act 2003, which makes it an offence to send “by means of a public electronic communications network a message or other matter that is grossly offensive or of an indecent, obscene or menacing character…”

The Birmingham Post reports Ms Alibhai-Brown as saying: “My objections have been made and there is no need for more.”

The Crown Prosecution Service may still decide to pursue the charge.