Six men due to be sentenced today over a planned attack on a rally staged by the English Defence League had worked themselves up into "a very great state of fear", Danny Friedman QC said defending Mohammed Hasseen. He told the court:
It would be wrong to say that the fear and anger that these men and others felt towards the EDL was completely irrational and unfounded.
Young men reach to ideology to explain away fear and loathing about their communities being attacked and that's what we submit happened here.
Six Islamist extremists have been sentenced to between 18 years and 9 months and 19 and a half years at the Old Bailey in London.
The sentencing of six men who planned a murderous attack on an English Defence League rally in West Yorkshire is due to continue.