Co-founder of banned neo-Nazi terror group National Action is jailed for 10 years for being its ‘Goebbels-like propaganda chief’ after ranting racist views on BBC and vowing to ‘gas traitors’
- Neo-Nazi terror group member guilty of being ‘Goebbels-like propaganda chief’
- Ben Raymond, 32, from Swindon, co-founded the group National Action in 2013
- He told the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme his ideal was a ‘white Britain’
- He also claimed migrants were coming to the UK ‘to replace, rape and murder’
- He was handed a 10-year extended jail sentence at Bristol Crown Court Friday
The co-founder of a neo-Nazi terror group has been jailed for 10 years after being found guilty of being its ‘Goebbels-like propaganda chief’ and after ranting racist views on BBC and vowing to ‘gas traitors’ of their cause.
Ben Raymond, 32, from Swindon, Wiltshire, co-founded the ‘unapologetically racist’ organisation National Action in 2013 that promoted ethnic cleansing as well as attacks on liberals and gay and transgender people.
The racist was handed a 10-year extended prison sentence at Bristol Crown Court.
Passing sentence on Friday, Judge Christopher Parker QC told Raymond he would serve five years and four months before he could be considered for parole.
He is also subject to the notification provisions of the Terrorism Act for 15 years
Mr Parker said National Action planned to recruit young people into its ranks and Raymond’s role as the propaganda chief was in effect ‘grooming’ them.
‘You intended that the material should be used in order to recruit new members, and specifically new young members,’ he said.
‘It is clear this propaganda material was aimed at these young people. In effect these young people were at risk of being groomed by your material to commit acts of extreme racial violence for which National Action no doubt had sympathy.’
Ben Raymond, 32, (pictured) from Swindon, Wiltshire, was handed ten years in jail after he was found guilty of membership of a proscribed organisation and two counts of possessing a document or record of use to a terrorist
Raymond was found guilty by a jury of being a member of a proscribed organisation contrary to Section 11 of the Terrorism Act.
He was further convicted of two counts of possessing a document or record of use to a terrorist contrary to Section 58 of the Act – including a manifesto by Norwegian terrorist Anders Breivik, aka Andrew Berwick, who massacred 77 people in 2011.
These documents were entitled, ‘2083 – European Declaration of Independence by Andrew Berwick’ and ‘Homemade Detonators by Ragnar Benson’.
Raymond was acquitted of four further similar offences.
It comes after he told the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme his ideal Britain was a ‘white Britain’ and claimed migrants were coming to the UK ‘to replace, rape and murder our people’.
At a National Action demonstration in Liverpool he also gave a speech threatening to ‘gas traitors’.
Speaking through a megaphone, he described Liverpool as a city ‘where every day the enemies of this nation preach their race-mixing communism’.
Raymond said: ‘The front pages of the newspapers and the TV shows said, ‘Stop the white man march’. And do you know who is responsible? Not the people that are afraid that we are going to make Britain great again but the ones who are afraid we are going to gas them all for being traitors, and we will!’
At the end of Raymond’s three-week trial at Bristol Crown Court on November 30, prosecutor Barnaby Jameson QC likened Raymond to Hitler’s propaganda chief Joseph Goebbels and said he avoided plotting attacks or hoarding weapons himself.
Raymond previosuly told the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire (pictured) programme his ideal Britain was a ‘white Britain’ and claimed migrants were coming to the UK ‘to replace, rape and murder our people’
Instead, Raymond was described as the ‘public face’ of National Action.
Mr Jameson said: ‘His jihad was fought with words and images.
‘He was, like Joseph Goebbels of the original cabal of Nazis, the natural head of propaganda.
‘He gave media interviews, setting out the group’s virulent ethnic cleansing agenda to the media with sometimes transcendental calm. Other times his message was more direct.
‘The defendant had a role in the leadership and direction of the group, in its ideology, its activism, its recruitment and its operations security also known as OpSec.’
The court heard National Action members had access to rifles, a pump action shotgun, a machete, a crossbow and tear gas.
He also tried to ignite a race war in Britain. He said: ‘We exist, and continue the battle for the final victory of our race.’
He added: ‘We need something that flames the blood and fans the honour.’
The jury was told Raymond was also linked to other convicted neo-Nazis such as Jack Renshaw, who is serving a life sentence for plotting to murder Labour MP Rosie Cooper in 2017.
In a Skype chat with convicted National Action member Daniel Bogunovic, Raymond said: ‘Renshaw’s f***ing owned. He can blast Jews better than any Klan leader alive or dead.’
At the end of Raymond’s three-week trial at Bristol Crown Court (pictured) Prosecutor Barnaby Jameson QC likened Raymond to Hitler’s propaganda chief Joseph Goebbels
As well as his work promoting National Action and NS131, Raymond also created images for a Midlands-based group called KKK Mafia, and was in a chat group for its members on Telegram.
In the aftermath of the murder of MP Jo Cox, members discussed which politician would be killed next and chose Shabana Mahmood, the MP for Birmingham Ladywood, although they did not succeed with their plan.
National Action was the first far-right group to be banned since the British Union of Fascists in 76 years when it was proscribed under terror legislation in December 2016.
After the move by the Home Office father-of-one Raymond helped National Action morph in to a new group called NS131, the National Socialist Anti-Capitalist Action.
Raymond was convicted being a member of a proscribed organisation and did not give evidence in his defence, although he denied the charge.
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