Ex Dundee councillor charged after ‘Islamophobic texts’ claims

29th Apr 2016

Nadine Osman

Dundee police confirmed on April 5 that a former councillor has been charged following claims he sent Islamophobic texts to a fellow SNP member.

Craig Melville resigned as a Dundee City Councillor in February after allegations against him emerged.
It is alleged the 35-year-old sent a series of messages to an unnamed woman within the party a day after the Paris terror attacks.

One text allegedly said: “It’s not personal I just f***ing hate your religion and I’ll do all in I’m life do defeat your filth.”
Another said: “And in your favour we live in an uneducated left lift loopy left wing society who is more interested in claiming benefits and being ignorant to the threat of your horrible disease which is a make believe c*** in the sky.
“Horrible murdering Islamic c***s.”

A third message apparently referred to the SNP’s International Development Minister, Humza Yousaf, who visited the Greek island of Lesbos in October to see the plight of Syrian refugees.
It said: “And Muslim politicians in the UK have a duty to speak out and educate.

“That should be their number one priority, not staged photos taking refugees off boats and writing patronising messages of support. Had to unfollow [sic] that c***.”

He had previously served as a councillor for Maryfield and was chair of the environment committee.
A police spokeswoman said: “Police Scotland can confirm that a 35-year-old man has been charged and a report will be sent to the procurator fiscal.”

At the time a SNP spokeswoman told The Muslim News the party “condemns Islamophobia in the strongest possible terms and we will not tolerate it in our party. Craig Melville has been immediately suspended from the SNP and from his employment. ”

Meanwhile, a separate investigation by the Commissioner for Ethical Standards in Public Life for Scotland into Melville has been dropped. A spokesman for the Commissioner said: “I can confirm there is no ongoing investigation relating to a complaint about former Dundee City Councillor Craig Melville.”

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