FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
“DECORATED WWII VETERAN UNLAWFULLY DETAINED IN HMP LEEDS”
UPDATE :A Writ of Habeus Corpus application was served correctly upon the Royal Courts of Justice, 9.08.11 and was denied, reasons were given in writing and a re-submission has taken place by hand delivery service to the Royal Courts of Justice from Leeds on 12.08.11, meanwhile Norman is being delayed the right to justice which contravenes article 40 of the Magna Carta as currently written in UK Legislation. A PEACEFUL, STATIC GATHERING HAS TAKEN PLACE 13.08.11 OUTSIDE HMP LEEDS WITH A LARGE TURN OUT IN THE PEACEFUL NAME OF ALL OUR HUMAN RIGHTS AND OUR FRIEND AND HERO MR NORMAN SCARTH
DO NOT ALLOW HIS SUFFERING TO GO ON IN VAIN
Mr Norman Scarth is an 85-year-old decorated war veteran who has recently been incarcerated and put in jail for 6 months for using a recording device in a Court, in his attempt to uncover corruption during a court trial in Bradford.
Mr Scarth served aboard the HMS Matchless destroyer during the WW2 and most notably fought against the German Battleship Sharnhorst at the battle of the North Cape.
Many people are worried for the health of this elderly war veteran, who has not been afforded Legal representation of his choosing, with visitor restrictions or access to his medication for muscle cramps, which has been causing him intense pain.
The case is particularly concerning, because Mr Scarth committed an apparent offence, was detained, had a hearing, was sentenced and imprisoned all in the same day.
This is highly irregular practice and did not allow for Mr Scarth to be Lawfully sentenced. There was no Lawful due process.
There is also outrage that he is being held in Armley prison, a category B institution that generally holds prisoners for much more serious offence.
Supporters are massively concerned about the health and safety of an 85-year-old man in this kind of environment.
After being denied a ‘Hearing Loop’ by the Court staff, Mr Scarth decided to record a trial, the judge observed this and requested that he did not. Mr Scarth declined and an argument ensued, resulting in Mr Scarth’s detainment.
What is ironic, is that Mr Scarth has been a campaigner against injustice for many years.
In 1998 Mr Scarth was single handedly responsible for an important European Court of Human Rights case (Scarth v UK) against the British judicial system. This case involved removing the restrictions in Legislation of hearing matters in private that might violate a Person’s Right to a fair trial.
Chris Jarvis, who is a close friend of Mr Scarth, has said:
“We are all very shaken about the case and concerned about Normans safety and well being. We are especially appalled at the speed of the imprisonment, which did not allow for any form of defence to be built up for Norman. Also, he is currently being refused legal representation, visitor rights, and we are worried that he is not getting his medication. We’re also worried about his housing situation- if he survives his prison sentence for the full 6 months, he may not have a home to return to. For all this to happen to an 86 year old man, who has given so much to this country, both in the military and in his human rights campaigns, just for using a camera in court seems massively unjust. This is a man who is entitled to the everyday rights that we the public take for granted, and in particular this man is being effective tortured by the removal of his medication contrary to Article 3 of the human rights act that prohibits torture as written in UK Legislation”
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WE ARE ALL EQUAL IN LAW