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British Islam Convert Sends Death Threats To Politicians, Reposts Them On Facebook

Craig Wallace, a British convert to Islam, allegedly threatened to kill a UK politician -- because he hadn't been taking his medication and didn't get much sleep after protesting for three days, his attorney claims.

Wallace publicly presented himself as an amiable convert, protesting against Parliament with a sign that read: "I am a Muslim. I am labeled a terrorist. I trust you. Do you trust me enough for a hug?"

But online, the 23-year-old Londoner called himself Muhammad Mujahid Islam, and threatened Tory MP Charlotte Leslie, saying he was "going to find her and show her what it's like to murder innocents."

"I'm going to smash her windows then drop a bomb on her house while she's tucked up in bed. You dirty f****** pig-s******* s***," Wallace wrote on Facebook, according to the Daily Mail.

His own father called police after he saw the messages on the popular social media site and grew concerned.

Abu Sayeed, Wallace's attorney, told District Judge Mark Jabbitt that his client wasn't himself when he posted those messages, as well as comments calling shadow foreign secretary Hilary Benn a "war criminal" and a "terrorist." (In the UK, shadow secretaries are members of the opposition party's cabinet, who propose alternate policy measures similar to the way American political parties appoint minority leaders when they're outnumbered in Congress.)

"[Wallace] has cooperated fully with the police and expressed remorse and regret," Sayeed told Jabbitt. "He made the comments to vent his anger. Mr. Wallace is a Muslim convert; he converted while serving his last sentence. He feels very passionately about the bombing in Syria and the vote recently taken in Parliament."

Wallace sent the threatening messages on Dec. 3 and was arrested on Dec. 5, the Independent reported.

Leslie and Benn aren't the only British politicians who have received death threats after voting to approve airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Syria. Labour MPs Simon Danczuk and Neil Coyle both received death threats for their votes, with the threat against Coyle posted on Twitter.

In a strange twist, Tory MP Lucy Allan was accused of faking death threats to her office, saying she was trying to call attention to the fact that her colleagues were receiving threats from people using social media and email.

"I posted them to show examples of the type of unacceptable online abuse that comes in most days and that most people tolerate silently," Allan said, according to the Independent.

Wallace, who has previous criminal convictions and converted to Islam during a five-year prison stint, could face up to six months in jail if he's convicted of sending "malicious communications."

Sources: Daily Mail, The Independent (2), Manchester Evening News / Photo source: Daily Mail

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