Wednesday March 17th at noon I was again due in court, this time charged with a more serious matter under the Public Order Act for ‘distributing a video with intent to incite racial hatred’.
Scheduled just a fortnight before my other Communications Act S. 127 trial begins on March 30th, it was supposed to be plea hearing.
To begin with, my lawyers and I only received the prosecution papers at 9.30 am that same day, two hours before the actual hearing was due to start.
Not wishing here to go into the details of the evidence against me, nor of the two separate witness statements included in the CPS documents, I will just say that this latest attempt at prosecution is the most surreal to date:
Whilst waiting to be called into court, the prosecution lawyer informed my barrister, Adrian Davies, that the necessary consent of the Attorney General had been neither granted nor even requested, as is required by law.
Finally, after 45 minutes’ wait, the issue was dealt with in under ten minutes.
The CPS has been granted six weeks’ adjournment until April 28th in order to seek the Attorney General’s retrospective consent – if that is indeed possible, legally speaking.
That same evening, the CPS prosecutor in my other case, Ben Maguire, delivered an opening note for what is to be a hugely important test case for freedom of speech in the UK.
I am facing trial on three separate counts of “causing gross offence” under S. 127, for comments made during two Internet radio podcasts in 2019.
The first two counts appear to be an attempt on the part of my accusers, once again in collusion with the authorities, to widen the definition of “sending” or “causing to be sent” to now include conversations broadcast by third parties outside the UK. The third is an alleged GAB post linking to one of the broadcasts.
This trial follows my arrest more than a year ago in January 2020(!) by two plain clothes Special Branch officers outside Derby Crown Court. This arrest and subsequent lengthy stint on bail saw me completely gagged for ten months, until last November when District Judge Michael Snow lifted the total ban and varied my conditions, allowing me to speak at least on certain topics.
The key Crown witness in this case is also one of the two witnesses in the new Public Order prosecution against me, as detailed at the top of this post.
If Bedlam Jones doesn’t rue the day he listened to porky pies on anti-Semitism, then hopefully he soon will. It would be possible to publish an entire book using only the witness statements made against me by these professional complainants.
Rendez-vous March 30th 10 am, Westminster Magistrates. All support welcome.