@ Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014 – 21:15:13
@ Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014 – 12:55:53
An actor from Solihull is being held in custody after being charged with perverting the course of justice.
Ben Fellows, of Redstone Farm Road, Olton, who is understood to have been living on the Spanish island of Lanzarote in recent months, is due to appear before Southwark Crown Court on December 29.
The 40 year-old was arrested at Birmingham International Airport in the early hours of Monday morning by officers from West Midlands Police on behalf of Metropolitan Police.
The Birmingham Mail understands that the 40 year-old’s charges relate to Scotland Yard’s Operation Fairbank investigation into a paedophile ring linked to Westminster.
According to entertainment site IMDb the actor appeared in The Bill in the early 1990s before starring in TV film Sugar Sugar alongside Doctors and Hollyoaks star Sarah Manners.
A spokeswoman from West Midlands Police said: “Police arrested a 40-year-old man at Birmingham International Airport at 00.39am today on behalf of the Metropolitan Police.
“The arrested man was detained on suspicion of perverting the course of justice and was transferred to Metropolitan Police custody.”
A spokesman from the Met said: “Benjamin Matthew Fellows, 40, of Redstone Farm Road, Olton, Birmingham was charged on 15 December with committing an act/ series of acts with the intent to pervert a course of public justice between November 14 and 14 December, 2012.
“He appeared before Westminster Magistrates Court on 15 December and was remanded in custody to appear before Southwark Crown Court on December 29.”
@ Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014 – 12:08:55
An excellent artice written by Frances Webber.
Following the acquittal on 16 December of the G4S guards charged with the manslaughter of Jimmy Mubenga, IRR vice-chair Frances Webber focuses on the judge's decision to rule inadmissible evidence pointing to endemic racism within G4S.
After the acquittal of the guards charged with Jimmy Mubenga's manslaughter, the judge told the jurors not to be concerned if they later read about evidence excluded from the trial. What should we make of this advice?
On 16 December three G4S guards were acquitted of the manslaughter of Jimmy Mubenga, who died on 12 October 2010 under restraint on a plane during his deportation to Angola. Terrence Hughes, Colin Kaler and Stuart Tribelnig had been on trial at the Old Bailey for manslaughter by gross negligence, on the basis that they disregarded their duty of care by keeping Mubenga in a compressed position in his seat for over half an hour, ignoring his cries that he could not breathe.
Should we be surprised at the verdicts? No. In all the dozens of deaths in custody involving undue force researched by the IRR over the last twenty-five years, no one has ever been convicted of homicide. And where an inquest jury, after seeing and hearing incontrovertible evidence, has brought in a verdict of unlawful killing (which has happened at least nine times), heaven and earth are moved to reverse the verdict and/or to ensure that the CPS does not bring a prosecution of those involved.
On this occasion, following the inquest verdict of unlawful killing, the CPS did decide to prosecute the three men, in a reversal of its previous position that there was ‘insufficient evidence' to prosecute anyone involved – the CPS' default position when it comes to deaths in custody.
Jimmy Mubenga died in an aircraft seat, surrounded by passengers on a British Airways plane. The prosecution case was that, handcuffed behind his back and with his head pushed down for over half an hour, Mubenga was held in a position which impeded his breathing. The guards denied pushing him down, and claimed that he put himself into that position, bent over in his seat. Passengers heard him calling out in distress, crying for help, saying ‘I can't breathe'. The guards denied hearing any such cries. Three eminent medical specialists agreed at the inquest that the cause of death was cardio-respiratory failure caused by restraint.
The inquest jury were directed by the coroner that they had to be sure ‘beyond reasonable doubt' before bringing in a verdict of unlawful killing. Given the very high standard of proof needed to sustain an unlawful killing verdict – the same standard of proof needed to bring in guilty verdicts at trial – the failure of the prosecution, highlighting as it does the disparity between the conclusions of the two juries and leaving no one accountable for Mubenga's death, cannot but bring the justice system into disrepute. The inquest conclusions, the medical evidence, the sheer length of time he was restrained – all were indications that a prosecution could succeed. To some, it looked like an open and shut case. But the prosecution was pursued without zeal, and was stymied by a decision of the judge to exclude significant evidence which the men's lawyers deemed prejudicial.
Following the acquittal, the judge told the jury that they were not to be concerned if they later read about material that was ruled inadmissible at the trial. At the very beginning of the trial, reporting restrictions had been imposed which prevented any media reporting of the unlawful killing verdict, the coroner's report or the virulently racist tweets and other evidence of racism on the part of the security guards, pending legal argument as to whether the jury could be allowed to hear this evidence or not. Later in the trial, the judge ruled that the jury should not hear any of this evidence. Hearing about the huge volume of horrible racist tweets and jokes received and re-sent by Terrence Hughes, and the small number by Tribelnig (none were on Kaler's phone), would, defence lawyers argued, ‘release an unpredictable cloud of prejudice' in the jury, preventing a fair trial. The judge acceded to the argument – so the jury reached its verdict in ignorance both of the previous jury's conclusions and of the evidence of racist attitudes held by one or more of the men tasked with restraining Mubenga on the plane.
The law allows evidence of ‘reprehensible conduct' to be admitted in a criminal trial if it is important explanatory evidence which helps the jury understand the evidence as a whole. The judge agreed that the racist messages were reprehensible, but rejected the prosecutor's argument that they were relevant to the facts or would help the jury understand what had happened. The defence argued that since there was also homophobia, misogyny and anti-Liverpudlian prejudice mixed in with the racism, they might offend any gays or women or Liverpudlians on the jury and prevent them from reaching a fair verdict.
In a ‘Rule 43' report (now known as a Preventing Further Deaths, PFD report) issued after the inquest, the coroner had said of these racist messages, ‘It seems unlikely that endemic racism would not impact at all on service provision'. She referred to:
[T]he possibility that such racism might find reflection in race-based antipathy towards detainees and deportees and that in turn might manifest itself in inappropriate treatment of them. As it was put by one witness, the potential impact on detainees of a racist culture is that detainees and deportees are not "personalised”.This may, self-evidently, result in a lack of empathy and respect for their dignity and humanity potentially putting their safety at risk, especially if force is used against them.
The judge's decision to exclude the evidence ignored this insight (and of course the jury were not permitted to see this report). Although he accepted that the racist messages were ‘reprehensible conduct' which would allow admission of the evidence, his decision was to prevent the jury from contextualising or properly weighing the evidence the guards gave of their respectful, professional treatment of Mubenga. It contrasted sharply with the decision of the judge in the Stephen Lawrence case to admit evidence of Gary Dobson and Steven Norris' racist attitudes, as evidenced in covert surveillance material.
Of course, in the Lawrence case, given the length of time the family had fought for justice, which had been so manifestly denied for so many years, it was imperative for the prosecution to succeed from the point of view of the prosecutor; the case had attained such a high profile as to have become a litmus test for the capacity of the legal system to deliver justice for a victim of a racist attack.
No such imperative existed in this case, which from the point of view of the authorities concerned an attempted lawful deportation. Not only was this action carried out on behalf of the state, albeit by private contractors, it was also clearly (from the official point of view) in the public interest – despite Mubenga's seventeen years in the UK and his five children born here. Mubenga was a foreign national offender, convicted of an assault in a club – someone as far down the social pecking order as it is possible to be. For it is not just racist tweets which dehumanise: foreign national offenders are a group perhaps more demonised than any other by politicians and media. This context of official action stacked the odds further against a successful prosecution. For, from the prosecutorial perspective, the fact of a prosecution was enough to ward off accusations of institutional injustice; it was unnecessary for such a prosecution to succeed.
The exclusion of relevant evidence meant that the case actually lacked part of its context, and the defence suggestions that Mubenga was indeed too big, strong and vociferous and helped to bring about his own demise, won the day. And although the guards denied any unlawful or dangerous restraint, the sub-text was that if they did do anything untoward it was because of a lack of training and therefore outside of their individual culpability.
Support for the suggestion of institutional – or rather corporate – culpability came in early 2011, when G4S whistle-blowers told the parliamentary Home Affairs Committee that concerns had been raised with senior management over the use of dangerous restraints on deportees several times before the death – in particular over the practice of forcing a detainee's head down, known as ‘carpet karaoke', implicated in Mubenga's death. After hearing evidence from G4S and Home Office officials, the committee concluded that it was ‘not at all convinced' that contractors were providing adequate training or supervision to avoid excessive force or dangerous restraint methods. But no charges were brought against G4S, the guards' employer, either under corporate manslaughter or health and safety legislation – so Mrs Mubenga and the couple's five children end up with no justice, and no peace.
IRR News story: ‘Family campaigns – fighting every step of the way‘
IRR News story: ‘A culture of casual racism‘
IRR News story: ‘Holding G4S to account‘
@ Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014 – 20:14:00
G4S dont just kill people at Heathrow.
Or steal from British taxpayers.
They are complicit in #Torture
@ Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014 – 09:49:55
The price of oil is dropping.
From over $110 a barrel to less than $55.
OPEC refuses to cut production - a tactic it has used since the 1970's.
To put pressure on Russia and Iran.
The Rouble is crashing.
Russia has had to raise its bank rate from 10% to a whopping 17%.
Iran needs an oil price of over $100 a barrel for its economy to remain sound.
The pressure is on.
What links Russia and Iran ?
#Syria and opposition to #Israel
@ Monday, Dec. 15, 2014 – 23:02:54
The hostage taker Man Haron Monis, aka Sheik Haron, aka Manteghi Bourjerdi reported killed in siege.
Fled from Iran for political/religous persecution in 1996.
Active in political/religous campaigns from about 2007 and hasnt been out of trouble since.
Well known to the aussie authorities and secret service.
And maybe even working for them..!
This man wanted publicity – he wanted to talk with the prime minister, tony abbott.
Or just #FalseFlag ?
On May 2nd, 2013, the Australian Defence Force carried out a counter terrorist operation in exactly the same location.
The scenario was a terrorist taking hostages.
No such thing.
@ Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014 – 20:04:43
@ Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014 – 14:02:59
@ Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014 – 13:27:06
Police chief Andy BRENNAN made head of Child Protection Center even though he has been protecting paedophiles in Yorkshire for decades
Disgraced West Yorkshire ( arguably the most corrupt force in the UK) Police chief Detective Superintendant Andy BRENNAN has been put in charge of CEOPS Child Exploitation and Online Protection Center. Where he can identify and protect VIP pedophiles and colleagues engaged in the very profitable child sex trade. This is a dangerous power to give to a corrupt Police chief. But scum always seems to rise to the top in the Police and the Crown Persecution Service. Brennan who protected pedophiles when head of West Yorks Police professional Standards and will do a good job of protecting pedophiles now Nationally using CEOPS. Well done David Cameron you chose the right man to head the child protection unit.
CEOPS works with child protection partners across the UK and overseas to identify the main threats to children and coordinates activity against these threats to bring offenders to account. "We protect children from harm online and offline, directly through NCA led operations and in partnership with local and international agencies" CEOPS claims
CEOPS is now an aptly named "National Crime Agency Command" They are able to identify VIP pedophiles in order to protect them and ignore colleagues and fellow gang members who are involved in the lucrative child sex trade. Whilst still finding the time to bring the odd pervert to justice. They can also arrange for child abuse images to be placed on the computers of innocent victims who's activities in exposing Police corruption are a threat.
Brennan was formerly Head of Professional Standards (read more here) in West Yorkshire organisation designed to ignore complaints and target the complainers. Brennan's main claim to fame appears to be leading a murder investigation where three innocent men were wrongly jailed for life. Read more about the Bradford Three case by clicking here.
Brennan who will now have intelligence about on-line child porn which he can use to protect VIP pedophiles has a nice history of corruption.
Currently he faces:-
1) Criminal allegations against him made in a sworn statement by a retired Fellow Police Officer
2) Libel action from a Retired Norfolk Intelligence Officer.
Brennan is one of those growing number of Police Officers who get promoted for incompetence and lack of any moral fiber, conscience or empathy. They can work neatly with prosecution Barristers and CPS Lawyers who spend most of their days finding new ways to set-up the innocent to protect the guilty.
Brennan managed to "burn” a police informer during that investigation, placing his life in serious danger.
Justice campaigners, Just West Yorkshire, site Brennan as being involved in a racially motivated criminal pursuit of another detective on his team, DC Wasim Bashir The innocent officers trial was stopped the night before it was due to commence at Sheffield Crown Court, on public interest grounds, which means the Crown, Police or the intelligence services may be compromised by the trial proceeding.
In the Bradford Three case Brennan backed DC Glen Acornley and his "nark” which might prove to be his undoing as Acornley is now reportedly facing enquiries in several criminal matters himself.
The whole West Yorkshire police is a hive of corruption and a network of criminals who use public money to fund their criminal enterprises. :-
upsd states about Brennen when in charge of West Yorkshire professional Standards:-
"To say that the running of Professional Standards is a shambles under Brennan's management would be understating the case, somewhat. Complainants find the recognised gateways to the police complaints system regularly blocked; complaints are often not recorded; when they are recorded they are diluted or parts missed out altogether; there is no adherence to the law or due process; PSD regards itself as completely exempt from IPCC Statutory Guidance; PSD investigators are often not even named; routinely no complaint/victim statements are taken from complainant; no evidence is taken from the complainant's witnesses; independent witnesses are not sought; independent evidence such as CCTV film or voice recordings regularly go "missing” if they are likely to support the complainant's case.; Appeals against wholly discredited PSD investigations become lost in the system. The case highlighted at this weblink (click here) is just one shining example of the service that Brennan and his band of bent brothers serve up on the public – and is now widely held up as an example of everything a police Professional Standards operation should not do.
In spite of vigorous efforts by Brennan and his dysfunctional team - to "cuff” many police officer misconduct issues, a record number of complaints against WYP were recorded in the police year ended March 2014. Just under 1,000 which is almost a 20% increase on the last published figure.
There is also the vexed question of paedophiles operating in the ranks of West Yorkshire Police – the details of the latest two were provided to uPSD within the past fortnight – and of major concern is the details of a paedophile ring that was operated around 15 years ago in Pontefract by the CID in that town. Young girls were procured for sex and also filmed in garage premises in the town. There was also systematic thieving carried on by some of the same group of detectives. West Yorkshire Police's PSD were made aware last autumn and nothing appears to have been done about it whatsoever by Brennan and his merry men.
This man who protected police pedophiles is now the head of CEOPS- well that says it all. Well done David Cameron your CSA cover-up continues.
@ Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014 – 16:06:15
Was reading through the arse end of my blog and came upon this written in 2008.
"No matter how you behave someone is going to think you are a twat.
Isn't that how its always been ?
Seeing the worse in people.
Believing gossip rather than seeking fact.
Judging without reason.
One person can hate another.
Because of something said to them once by a guy named 'Bob'.
We are such idiots."