Judge bans demonstrations outside court
chapter7 at tlio.org.uk
Thu Sep 6 23:19:20 BST 2018
> Draconian restrictions on demonstrations outside court have been
> imposed by a judge at the Old Bailey on Thursday 6 September.
> John Letts, a well known pioneer of the heritage wheat revival,
> and his wife Sally, are on trial for funding terrorism, after
> trying to send their son Jack some money so he could escape from
> Isis territory where he had been working in a hospital, but had
> become disillusioned with the regime,
> About 30 people gathered outside the court when the proceedings
> began to give moral support to John and Sally who clearly had no
> intention of funding terrorism, but simply wanted to help their son
> escape. Jack is currently in a prison in Kurdistan.
> This evening we received this email from one of the demonstrators
> who was in court
>> In short, we must not protest outside the court.
>> > The judge has said people might be arrested for contempt, with
>> imprisonment and/or heavy fine, reflective of the cost of delaying
>> the trial for a couple of days.
>> > He pointed out that demonstrations can influence things in
>> either direction, eg if the jury thinks the defendants' side is
>> trying to influence that can backfire and prejudice them against
>> the defendants.
>> >A new jury has to be found so proceedings have been delayed till
>> Monday. Meanwhile other procedural stuff is going ahead.
>> Another demonstrator commented: “Apparently the judge had
>> seriously considered arresting people on the demonstration outside
>> but in the end has issued this warning. It seems to have
>> something to do with the protests outside court for Tommy
>> Robinson’s contempt of court hearing – they want to show they will
>> be strict with liberals as well as the extreme right?” She noted
>> that journalists and barristers are outraged by the judge’s
>> ruling, but probably can do nothing for the moment in case they
>> too are in contempt of court.
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