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Hotel owners cleared of Muslim jibes.

A PAIR of Christian hoteliers were cleared yesterday of insulting a Muslim guest for wearing the hijab and berating her for her beliefs. Benjamin and Sharon Vogelenzang denied using threatening, abusive or insulting words which were religiously aggravated against white British Muslim convert Ericka Tazi, 60.

District Judge Richard Clancy at Liverpool Magistrates' Court dismissed the case against them after a two-day trial.

Mrs Tazi claimed Mr Vogelenzang called the prophet Mohammed a murderer and a warlord and likened him to Saddam Hussein and Hitler. The Vogelenzangs said Mrs Tazi called Jesus Christ a minor prophet and the Bible untrue.

District Judge Richard Clancy said Mrs Tazi's claim she was verbally attacked by the couple for up to an hour had not been borne out by other prosecution witnesses.
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Dec 10, 2009
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