Posts Tagged ‘justice’

Westminster paedophile cover-up

April 26, 2015
Greville Janner

Greville Janner

You could not make it up if you tried.

Director of Public Prosecutions Alison Saunders, who decided not to prosecute Lord Janner for vile sex crimes on the grounds he had dementia, that it was not in the public interest, shared the same Chambers as Lord Janner.

There has never been an explanation of how it is in the public interest not to prosecute.

Was it in the public interest to mount a cover-up for the last 20 years?

A dossier on Lord janner, is among 114 files on child sex abuse that have gone missing from the Home Office.

Why did Keith Vaz kill investigation into Janner in the 1990s?

It is a basic tenet of justice, a fair trial, and that is a fair trial for the victims as well as the accused.

No matter how vile the crimes alleged, if the accused is not fit to stand trial, the trial does not go ahead.

We are told Lord Janner has dementia. This has never been tested in open court.

After he was diagnosed with dementia, he hosted banquets at the House of Lords, all at our expense.

Fit to host a a few banquets, but not fit to stand trial.

Victims could mount a civil case, sue for damages, force a third-party examination for dementia.

Reportedly he transferred ownership of his £2 million home to his children in March 2014 – the same month that police raided his Westminster office (no wonder the family proclaim his innocence). Unfit to stand trial, but fit and quick-witted enough to transfer assets out of the hands of potential creditors.

Since he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2009, Lord Janner has claimed more than £100,000 in parliamentary expenses and allowances. On 9 April 2015, he was fit enough to sign a letter saying he wanted to remain in the House of Lords.

Cast minds back to Ernest Saunders and the Guinness Affair. The biggest fraud trial in England. There has been no more large fraud trials due to political interference, it casts the City of London in a bad light.

Ernest Saunders was found guilty. Ernest Saunders was released early on the grounds he had dementia. Once released, it was as Private Eye said at the time, the only known miraculous cure from dementia. Out of jail, Saunders was back in business.

Property developer Gerald Ronson, co-conspirator with Saunders, claimed it was his idea to play the dementia card.

Dementia is a favourite. Appear to have lost your mind, a drooling imbecile.

Former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet walked free from human rights charges due to dementia. Remarkable recovery when he stepped off the plane in Chile.

Rupert Murdoch, a drooling baboon when he appeared before House of Commons Select Committee, knew nothing about anything. Back in New York, fighting fit, fully in control

The judge tasked with reviewing the mistakes that prevented Janner from being brought to trial in the past was a close friend of the barrister hired to defend Janner against claims of abuse.

Director of Public Prosecutions Alison Saunders should resign. If she refuses to resign, she should be fired. She is not fit to hold the post. It is not in the public interest that she remain. The police, the victims, the public, have lost all confidence in her.

Lord Janner should be put in trial. It should be the judge, sitting in open court, depending upon the evidence brought to court, who decides whether or not Janner is fit to stand trail, not Alison Saunders behind closed doors.

Until such time that Lord Janner is brought to trial, justice will not seen to have been done.

Public confidence in Westminster is at all all time low.

The Victim’s Voice

August 20, 2012
Brixton Prison

Brixton Prison

… a commission is a necessary exercise to enable South Africans to come to terms with their past on a morally accepted basis and to advance the cause of reconciliation. — Dullah Omar, former Minister of Justice, South Africa

Prison does not work. Prisoners go in, serve their sentence, are set loose, and then return. The only aspect that works is that whilst inside, they are not outside committing crimes.

For one group prison does work. For those running the private prisons, it has become a very profitable business, in the US prison has become Big Business with Big Bucks to be made.

Restorative Justice is an attempt to get better results in terms of repeat offenders, that is once out of prison, don’t come back.

BBC Radio 4 re-broadcast what had been originally broadcast on National Prison Radio (a radio station for prisoners). A group of victims met with a group of prisoners to discuss the effect crime had on them. The crimes had not been committed by the prisoners, though they were hardened criminals who had committed similar crimes.

The crimes were horrific.

A lad was out one night and was set upon by a gang of yobs. They kicked him to death, repeatedly stamped on his head. The couple doing the telling were his parents.

Another who told her tale and got very upset, apologised to the prisoners for getting upset and for upsetting them.

The prisoners, I assume chosen as hard cases, were visibly upset by what they heard.

Following the session, one of the prisoners who was due for release, was so moved by what he heard, that he offered to work with victims on the programme to get the message across to other prisoners.

Psychologist Professor Tanya Byron who conducted the sessions in Brixton Prison had her own grandmother beaten to death.

The programme was very difficult and quite upsetting to listen to.

It was very reminiscent of the post-Apartheid Truth and Reconciliation Commission hearings held in South Africa under the chairmanship of Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Some of what was told was horrific.

Secret trials

June 19, 2012

Everyone has a right to their day in court, to be tried by their peers, to see the evidence laid against them. Basic tenets of justice, of a free society.

All three are denied in secret trials in the UK. Secret trials that are more what one would associate with Stalinist Russia than a free society.

The accused is not allowed to see the evidence against them. Their lawyer is not allowed to see the evidence against them.

Let us assume the accused is charged with being a known associate of terrorists. The evidence they may not see and challenge is that you were seen with a known terrorist on such and such a date in such and such a place. It may well be you have a perfectly valid alibi, but if you are not allowed to know this basic information of who where and when, how can you challenge it?

Some years ago I had a friend who was European spokesperson for the leader of a terrorist group (or what was and still is classed as a terrorist group). He was kidnapped in one country, shipped to another where as far as I know he is still in gaol, probably no trial.

Information I was not aware of until later.

I was once acquainted with a guy who was probably a KGB colonel (though he denied he was). He thought I was an MI6 colonel (which of course I denied).

Do we ask? Er, excuse me, are you a terrorist?

Katia Zatuliveter

Katia Zatuliveter


Katia Zatuliveter was accused of being a Russian spy. She was detained and faced deportation. She denied she was and fought her deportation. The ‘evidence’ against her was a farce. She was accused of meeting a known Russian security official, he was codenamed in court as Boris! This she denied, but even if she had, does she do a background check on all the people she meets from her home country? But the most damning piece of evidence against her was that she spoke fluent English!

If speaking fluent English is the way to recognise Russian spies, then I must know a lot of Russian spies. What of those who speak poor English?

Some of the evidence against Katia Zatuliveter was made available to her and her lawyers, thus she was able to challenge it and show how ridiculous it was. The court thought so too.

Secret trials have already been extended to Employment Tribunals. People have been fired, the only ‘evidence’ against them is that they are Muslim.

Heresy and what can only be termed sheer nonsense is going unchallenged in secret trials.

The ConDem government wants to extend secret trials.

They have already said they wish to extend the surveillance on everyone.

Franz Kafka and George Orwell would have been proud.

Suffering

February 17, 2011

The One Big Question - Bishop Michael Baughen

The One Big Question - Bishop Michael Baughen

Suffering is part of the human condition. — Bishop Michael Baughen

Why do we suffer? Why is there suffering in the world?

In The Alchemist, Santigo learns that people suffer when they do not follow their dream, they listen to people around them rather than listen to what their heart tells them. [see The Alchemist]

People who fail to follow their dreams eventually learn to accept their lot, eventually they even forget their dreams, forget they ever had dreams, but their lives is the worse because of it.

In The Zahir, Paulo Coelho puts into words how you feel when the one you love, who you thought loved you, leaves. Having felt that pain, his words describe what I could not.

Why are there people starving in the world whilst others have obscene amounts of wealth? Why did the thug security in Bahrain fire on unarmed protesters? Why twenty years ago on St Valentine’s Day did the Americans bomb a shelter in Baghdad? Why is it that the decent people seem to suffer whilst the evil ones prosper?

If there is a just God, why does he allow these things to happen?

It was to address these issues, maybe the most difficult issue for people who want believe in a just and loving God, that Bishop Michael Baughen (former Bishop of Chester and Rector of All Souls Langham Place) gave a talk at St Peter’s Church.

Suffering is the BIG question. It is the killer question. Why? Why? Why?

Suffering is the great divider. It either drives us into the hands of God or makes us hate God. There is no sitting on the fence.

Why did my brother die before me, die a very painful death?

We pray to God, please God, make it a nice sunny day, I am having a picnic. Please let me pass my exams. Please get me a sexy girlfriend.

God is not a kindly old man, handing out the sweets.

Why did God not intervene when something bad was going to happen?

God is not a control freak. But let us assume God did intevene. What then? Something worse may then happen, we have set in motion a different path, the law of unintended connsequences.

In The Valkyries, Paulo Colho describes a different path being set in motion. We should pause and reflect, it happened for a reason.

The trenches in the First World War, is that not a good reason not to believe in God?

No, it is a reason not to believe in Man. It was Man in the form of Generals and Politicians who sent men in their hundreds of thousands to their deaths.

God gave us free will. Or would we rather be robots or automatons?

In My Name is Red by Orhan Pamuk the devil says he is bored. There is little for him to do, as Man can do evil without his intervention.

Many people died in Haiti. That was due to an earthquake yes, but is was also due to bad housing. People were killed by houses collapsing, not by the earthquake.

A ship is safe when it remains in a port, but that is not why we build ships.

Earthquakes are caused by the movement of tectonic plates. Without the movement of these tectonic plates and various other Gaian control mechanisms there would be no life on Earth.

Why am I being punished? What have I done wrong?

Why am I not being healed? Is that not the power of prayer?

Man sets up God in his own image, then uses that image to deny the existence of God as God does not fullfil his expectations.

To suffer is part of the Human Condition. It is what we do, how we handle suffering, that determines the depth of our faith.

A sword is tempered by going through fire.

The One Big Question
– ‘I Thirst’
The Role of Science and Faith in the Development of Civilisations
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