White supremacist aids BNP

Hugh Muir and Matthew Taylor
Thursday June 10, 2004
The Guardian

A white supremacist linked to the murderer of the South African Communist party leader Chris Hani in 1993 has been playing a key role in the British National party's London election campaign.
Arthur Kemp has been drafted in by the party leader, Nick Griffin, to coordinate its attempt to win a seat on the London assembly.

In May he and Mr Griffin attended a rally of 60 BNP supporters in Bromley.

Mr Kemp was one of a number of far-right activists arrested after Hani's murder. He was later released without charge, but Clive Derby-Lewis, to whose wife Mr Kemp was said to have supplied a list of names and addresses, including Hani's, was one of two men sentenced to death. He was said to have organised the shooting.

The Polish-born Janusz Walus, who was convicted of shooting Hani, was found to have material drawn from Mr Kemp's list in his flat. Their death sentences were commuted to life imprisonment.

At the murder trial Mr Kemp admitted producing the list but denied having knowingly supplied a "hitlist".

From 1989 until 1992 Mr Kemp worked for Die Patriot, the newspaper of the extremist South African Conservative party. According to the anti-fascist organisation Searchlight, he has spoken at Nazi meetings in Germany and written for the magazine Nation und Europa, which was founded by a former SS officer.

His articles have appeared on the Stormfront website, run by a Ku Klux Klan member and convicted mercenary, Don Black. Searchlight's spokesman said: "Let Kemp's record speak for itself as a warning to Londoners of what a vote for the BNP would mean."

A spokesman for the BNP said: "He is a fantastic fellow and I don't see anything wrong with what he is doing."

The BNP's London hopes rest on Jason Douglas, who will win a party list seat if he secures 5% of the vote.