As the BBC reported, Meechan “denied any wrong-doing and insisted he made the video, which was posted in April 2016, to annoy his girlfriend … But Sheriff Derek O'Carroll found him guilty of a charge under the Communications Act that he posted a video on social media and YouTube which was grossly offensive because it was ‘anti-Semitic and racist in nature’ and was aggravated by religious prejudice”. He avoided jail but was fined £800.
My dog's got no nose
There was more. “After a number of bids to appeal were rejected in the UK courts, Meechan now plans to submit an application to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR). Meechan, of Coatbridge, raised more than £193,000 through a crowdfunding page to pay for legal fees to fund appeals against his conviction and sentence … Meechan, known as Count Dankula, said the video was a joke and argued his conviction put limitations on free speech”. FREEZE PEACH! FREEZE PEACH!
Nor does this minor detail: although Meechan has apparently claimed that it would cost him £50,000 to have his case heard before the ECHR, one law lecturer has observed “The chances of this case being ‘heard’ in Strasbourg are next to nil. It doesn't cost £50k to send the ECHR an application (which is free, by the way). Oh, and the European Court has no power to hear appeals against conviction”. Which means what, exactly?
Which means, yes, this really is nothing more than an exercise in self-promotion. And proof, if it were needed, of another old adage - Grifters Gonna Grift.