Maurice Kirk due in court over alleged harassment of Taunton MP Rebecca Pow – 28 July 2020

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Somerset County Gazette

Maurice Kirk due in court over alleged harassment of Taunton MP Rebecca Pow

By Amy Cole Reporter 28/07/2020
IN COURT: Maurice Kirk

IN COURT: Maurice Kirk

A MAN is due in court next week over alleged harassment of the Member of Parliament for Taunton.

75-year-old Maurice Kirk, of Westgate Street, Taunton, will be appearing before Exeter Crown Court on Monday, August 3, for incidents said to have taken place between May 1 2019 and May 28 this year.

The charge states his behaviour amount to ‘stalking’ of Taunton MP Rebecca Pow, and alleges that his actions caused her serious alarm/distress, and had an adverse affect on her day-to-day activities.

He is then said to have visited Ms Pow’s constituency office a number of times, and delivered a letter to Ms Pow’s home address.

He was remanded in custody after appearing before Bristol Magistrates’ Court on May 30, as the court feared he would interfere with witnesses or otherwise obstruct the course of justice.

source: https://www.somersetcountygazette.co.uk/news/18612660.maurice-kirk-due-court-alleged-harassment-taunton-mp-rebecca-pow/

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https://www.butlincat.com/?s=maurice+kirk

Maurice’s site is “Flying Vet challenges South Wales Police” https://www.mauricejohnkirk.com

Email:  maurice@kirkflyingvet.com

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#FreeAssange: “UK Refuses to Release Information on Assange Judge Who Has 96 Percent Approval Rate in Extradition Cases” – Consortium News

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OH, LET’S START AGAIN! “Assange appears in court, as lawyers warn case may be delayed by new US indictment” – wsws.org + STELLA MORIS

By Thomas Scripps
28 July 2020

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s case management hearing yesterday continued the travesty of legal due process to which he has been subjected for more than a decade.

The journalist and publisher is fighting extradition to the United States, where he faces politically motivated frame-up charges of espionage with a combined potential sentence of 175 years. He has not attended hearings via videolink for the last three months on the advice of doctors, due to his fragile state of health and the threat of exposure to coronavirus.

At the previous hearing on June 29, District Judge Vanessa Baraitser had scolded Assange for not being present, demanding medical evidence to justify his non-appearance in future. But yesterday, Baraitser ruled the hearing could go ahead without Assange after Belmarsh prison disrupted his plans to attend. Prison authorities claimed to have forgotten to arrange videolink facilities for the world-famous political prisoner.

Edward Fitzgerald QC, the lead defence lawyer, said he would prefer his client to be present. The hearing was adjourned for ten minutes to allow him to contact Assange. When court resumed, Fitzgerald confirmed his wish to see his client attend. The hearing was then adjourned for another hour and a quarter.

When Assange was finally produced via videolink he appeared tired and downcast, according to reporters in the court room.

The brief exchanges between Fitzgerald, Baraitser and prosecuting lawyer Joel Smith, centred on the superseding indictment against Assange issued by the US Department of Justice on June 24.

The new indictment is based on the testimony of Sigurdur Thordarson, described by WikiLeaks as a “sociopath, convicted conman and sex criminal involved in an FBI entrapment operation against WikiLeaks.” It alleges that Assange recruited and incited hackers against a range of classified, official, and private computers between 2009 and 2015. It contains no new charges but significantly expands the scope of allegations against WikiLeaks, deepening the assault on freedom of the press being waged by the US government.

Assange’s support for whistleblower Edward Snowden and transparency of information are alleged in the superseding indictment to constitute solicitation and theft of classified information. Former WikiLeaks section editor Sarah Harrison and former WikiLeaks spokesperson Jacob Applebaum are targeted on the same basis.

But the new indictment had not been served in the UK courts at the time of the last hearing (June 29) and had still not been submitted as of yesterday. Baraitser noted, “As it stands no further superseding indictment is before this court.” Smith responded for the prosecution that “It has been disclosed to the defence” and Baraitser confirmed, “It has only been disclosed to the court via email from the defence but not formally.”

Smith said that he could not commit to a timeline for serving the new indictment, before absurdly claiming that the “usual procedures” would be followed. There is nothing “usual” about this case, including the procedures surrounding the new indictment. As Fitzgerald said during the hearing, “We’ve had it sprung on us.”

Kristinn Hrafnsson, Editor-in-chief of WikiLeaks, explained in a statement yesterday, “What the US is doing is truly unprecedented. A new indictment is being introduced halfway into extradition proceedings, which have been a year in the making. The Assange extradition case started in February and was scheduled to resume in May but was then forced to adjourn until September due to the COVID lockdown.

“The ‘new’ superseding indictment actually contains nothing new. All the alleged events have been known to the prosecution for years. It contains no new charges. What’s really happening here is that despite its decade-long head-start, the prosecution are still unable to build a coherent and credible case. So, they’ve scrapped their previous two indictments and gone for a third try. They are wasting the court’s time and flagrantly disregarding proper process.”

As it stands, the UK courts are continuing with Assange’s extradition process based on an outdated indictment. The new version has been significantly adjusted and can only raise new and substantial legal issues that must be responded to. The defence are due to serve their skeleton argument on August 25. At the last case management hearing, Summers noted that that the superseding indictment “has the obvious capacity to derail the September date [for the next phase of the hearing].”

Fitzgerald told the court yesterday that it would be “improper” if the US government’s actions led to a delay in the case, particularly beyond the November US presidential election, in which he expected Assange to serve as a political football. He continued, “We are concerned about a fresh request being made at this stage with the potential consequence of derailing proceedings and that the US attorney-general is doing this for political reasons.”

Baraitser told him to “reserve his comments” on the new request, as it had not yet been served.

Fitzgerald indicated the defence may need a fourth week to fully present their arguments during the second phase of the extradition hearing—currently scheduled to last three weeks. Smith said that chief lawyer for the prosecution, James Lewis QC, would not be available for a fourth week and Baraitser agreed that it would be a “real concern” for the court if the case stretched to an additional week. Both parties agreed the court could decide later if a fourth week would be needed.

Journalists and monitors from political, legal, and medical organisations attempting to access the court via conference call were again unable to hear proceedings. The audio quality is routinely terrible, but on this occasion not even snatches of conversation where audible since, for the second time, the call was somehow left on hold after the adjournment. Space in the court is still strictly limited by social distancing measures.

As Assange appeared in court yesterday from Belmarsh prison, his partner Stella Morris gave evidence in a Spanish court over the spying activities of UC Global. The Spanish security company was hired by the CIA to spy on Assange and his closest associates during his final years of political asylum at the Ecuadorian embassy in London. It recorded Assange’s privileged meetings with lawyers, and his private consultations with medical doctors and journalists. The activities of UC Global, including plans to kidnap or murder Assange, expose the criminal and all-encompassing character of the US vendetta against Assange and WikiLeaks.

Assange’s final case management hearing will take place at 10am at Westminster Magistrates Court on August 14, ahead of the resumption of the extradition hearing proper on September 7 at Central Criminal Court. It was agreed that Assange, the judge, the defence, and the prosecution will all attend in person, but it remains unclear what the arrangements will be for the public, press and international observers.

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BREAKING: DoJ may attempt to delay Assange hearing!!

WikiLeaks Shop <newsletter@wikileaks.shop> 29 July 2020 at 02:21

DoJ may attempt to delay Assange hearing until after US election, warns Assange’s partner Stella Moris

Dear Supporter

Julian Assange’s partner Stella Moris wrote that she had spoken to Julian Assange and that she anticipates “the US will drop its existing extradition request and then re-arrest him on the very same 18 charges, under a different extradition request.”

She added: “We don’t know if this means he’ll be brought to court to be ‘re-arrested’.”

The DoJ had been given a deadline by Westminster Magistrates’ Court to finalize any further extradition requests by 14 June 2019. “That makes the latest superseding indictment 14 months late”, said Moris.

The latest indictment was publicized on the Department of Justice website on 24 June 2020, over one month ago.

“Five weeks have passed since DoJ publicized the indictment” on its website, said Moris; adding “the US has so far made no attempt to incorporate the superseding indictment into the UK jurisdiction”, a process that was “inexplicably delayed” she said.

“Hence lawyers have been working on arguments and evidence in relation to an effectively defunct extradition request.”

Moris called the US’s behavior an “inexplicable procrastination”, adding that “the snail-pace of the incorporation of the indictment into UK jurisdiction should not be used as an excuse for the US to try to seek to delay the extradition hearing until after the November US presidential election”.

Ms. Moris also called for an ‘educational surge’ – starting now and to be sustained throughout the September hearings – “to educate, foster empathy for Julian and manifest that fundamental principles of democracy could perish with this case, alongside Julian Assange.”

The extradition hearings will restart on September 7th at the Central Criminal Court (The Old Bailey) in London.

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Must See: “Survivors silenced: Why can’t Aria speak out in the UK?” – video

Survivors silenced: Why can’t Aria speak out in the UK?

 Phoenix and Aria speak out

07 July 2020

We need your help: Duplicate and share Aria’s testimony wherever you can. Again, Silicon Valley tech-companies are censoring survivors’ accounts. At this point it has become ridiculous. Apparently, Silicon Valley all knew about Jeffrey Epstein and this is likely the reason why they keep taking our videos offline. This video platform participates in hurting children by silencing survivors: https://www.businessinsider.com/ghisl…
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Maurice Kirk: messages received – vital medication denied, again – 09 June 2020 + archive

Received:  2 emails from Maurice Kirk 08 June 2020.  Maurice tells us in his first message that his vital medication “Omerzaparole” is being denied to him in HMP Exeter, as it was for a great deal of his previous sentences. This is not only illegal, but totally barbaric as, as we have been told before, Maurice is in great pain if he does not get his medication to aid digestion of food etc. due to stomach ailments he has such as “Barrett’s Syndrome” and surely in this present day and age to deprive anyone of their much needed medication is an inhuman act – especially as the medication is not an expensive item but costs mere pennies to manufacture. This totally inhuman act of depriving Maurice his medication says it all about just how these prison staff shirk their responsibilities – and the law, and I, for one, will be writing to Robert Buckland QC – the secretary of state for justice – about this appalling abuse by prison staff.  Maurice goes on to say about his case, and his MP’s position, and how it is being used to incarcerate him this time. In his 2nd message he tells us that he has been charged under the “Protection of Harassment Act”, regarding which he requires a jury trial, along with much more regarding what is actually behind his arrest.

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OUTRAGEOUS: Maurice Kirk call 06 June 20 – deliberately withheld info causes arrest now 07 June 2020 + archive

Maurice Kirk call 06 June 20 – deliberately withheld info causes arrest now 07 June 2020

Maurice Kirk: the shocking mistreatment begins – phone call from HMP Exeter 05 June 2020 + archive

Maurice Kirk: the mistreatment begins – phone call from HMP Exeter 05 June 2020

the shocking targeting begins for Maurice, 75, on remand in HMP Exeter

archive continues: 

Maurice Kirk – call from HMP Exeter 04 June 2020 + archive 04 June 2020

Maurice Kirk – call from HMP Exeter 04 June 2020

outrageous!!

Maurice Kirk remanded in HMP Exeter – documents stolen and withheld – even from GP! – VIDEO + archive 03 June 2020

Update 03 June 2020:  Maurice has been remanded for 28 days to HMP Exeter, with the magistrate recommending a crown court trial, probably in November – all this for delivering a letter to one’s MP!

He was given a ‘bundle’ en route to Exeter including the letter from his MP who had sent a letter – to SW Police? –  that she felt she was being threatened. M says he had never met with his MP but originally wrote in May/June ’19 with request for help to get medical records from the clinic that he’s been refused the records from for many years. M had heard that the letter he’d sent to his MP had “anthrax” on it (gossip at village pub) when it was his toothpaste powder he’d used to stick the letter to his prison cell wall! In Dec 19 or Jan 20 he went to her constituency office and met the MP’s ‘agent’ or aide and asked him to book an appointment. By late Febuary 2020 he had heard nothing so he went again but then had lunch in a local diner where the MP’s aide came to speak to him . He asked again for his MP’s help. The aide said he would tell her. As again nothing happened last Wednesday 25th May he went to the village (Stoke St Mary) and from the pub went up to her house and posted a letter of request. 

8am Friday the police came to his Taunton flat and took him to the station in Bridgwater. There they charged him with harassment. M thinks there was no harassment as he should be allowed to send a letter to his MP and to visit her office in Taunton twice and then send another letter as he had not heard from her.

What a crock!

Update 02 June 2020 – Maurice was arrested on Friday morning 29 May 2020 and was taken to a police station: “Maurice can at the maximum be detained for 36 hrs without being charged, or up to 96 hrs if an extension is obtained from Magistrates’ but we do not think that that has happened and he would have to go to court for that or appear by link” [ends]. The 36 hours was up at around noon on Monday 01 June if he was arrested on Friday morning 29 May 2020. Where is he?

29 May 2020: Maurice Kirk,75, has been arrested again with harassment of his MP Rebecca Pow and is expected to be transferred to Exeter Prison tomorrow [unconfirmed]. Apparently he was trying to post a letter into her private house letterbox. Maurice is certain that the welsh police are behind it. Maurice is trying to retrieve his many legal and medical docs stolen upon his release from HMP last November by prison G4S staff [on the orders of you-know-who] and all attempts so far have proven futile, even by his GP who needs to see the medical notes regarding Maurice’s medical condition. The legal documents are paramount to his civil cases against certain [Welsh + other] authorities, hence their confiscation which is highly illegal, and is blatant theft, amongst other things. 

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Maurice Kirk: Documents stolen and withheld – even from GP! VIDEO 11 May 2020

“Welsh prison and G4S have stolen my machine gun records and even my parole officer Bradley Hughes cannot achieve a retrieval and I know he would have done his best…The civil two million pound civil claim continues but more urgent are my prison medical records from the Parc prison both my gp and consultant are being refused despite numerous requests South Wales Police, of course, refuse to help as it is the defendant in the machine gun civil claim! 1CF03361”

 

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OUTRAGEOUS: Maurice Kirk call 06 June 20 – deliberately withheld info causes arrest now 07 June 2020 + archive

Maurice Kirk call 06 June 20 – deliberately withheld info causes arrest now 07 June 2020

Maurice Kirk: the shocking mistreatment begins – phone call from HMP Exeter 05 June 2020 + archive

Maurice Kirk: the mistreatment begins – phone call from HMP Exeter 05 June 2020

the shocking targeting begins for Maurice, 75, on remand in HMP Exeter

archive continues: 

Maurice Kirk – call from HMP Exeter 04 June 2020 + archive 04 June 2020

Maurice Kirk – call from HMP Exeter 04 June 2020

outrageous!!

Maurice Kirk remanded in HMP Exeter – documents stolen and withheld – even from GP! – VIDEO + archive 03 June 2020

Update 03 June 2020:  Maurice has been remanded for 28 days to HMP Exeter, with the magistrate recommending a crown court trial, probably in November – all this for delivering a letter to one’s MP!

He was given a ‘bundle’ en route to Exeter including the letter from his MP who had sent a letter – to SW Police? –  that she felt she was being threatened. M says he had never met with his MP but originally wrote in May/June ’19 with request for help to get medical records from the clinic that he’s been refused the records from for many years. M had heard that the letter he’d sent to his MP had “anthrax” on it (gossip at village pub) when it was his toothpaste powder he’d used to stick the letter to his prison cell wall! In Dec 19 or Jan 20 he went to her constituency office and met the MP’s ‘agent’ or aide and asked him to book an appointment. By late Febuary 2020 he had heard nothing so he went again but then had lunch in a local diner where the MP’s aide came to speak to him . He asked again for his MP’s help. The aide said he would tell her. As again nothing happened last Wednesday 25th May he went to the village (Stoke St Mary) and from the pub went up to her house and posted a letter of request. 

8am Friday the police came to his Taunton flat and took him to the station in Bridgwater. There they charged him with harassment. M thinks there was no harassment as he should be allowed to send a letter to his MP and to visit her office in Taunton twice and then send another letter as he had not heard from her.

What a crock!

Update 02 June 2020 – Maurice was arrested on Friday morning 29 May 2020 and was taken to a police station: “Maurice can at the maximum be detained for 36 hrs without being charged, or up to 96 hrs if an extension is obtained from Magistrates’ but we do not think that that has happened and he would have to go to court for that or appear by link” [ends]. The 36 hours was up at around noon on Monday 01 June if he was arrested on Friday morning 29 May 2020. Where is he?

29 May 2020: Maurice Kirk,75, has been arrested again with harassment of his MP Rebecca Pow and is expected to be transferred to Exeter Prison tomorrow [unconfirmed]. Apparently he was trying to post a letter into her private house letterbox. Maurice is certain that the welsh police are behind it. Maurice is trying to retrieve his many legal and medical docs stolen upon his release from HMP last November by prison G4S staff [on the orders of you-know-who] and all attempts so far have proven futile, even by his GP who needs to see the medical notes regarding Maurice’s medical condition. The legal documents are paramount to his civil cases against certain [Welsh + other] authorities, hence their confiscation which is highly illegal, and is blatant theft, amongst other things. 

.
 

Maurice Kirk: Documents stolen and withheld – even from GP! VIDEO 11 May 2020

“Welsh prison and G4S have stolen my machine gun records and even my parole officer Bradley Hughes cannot achieve a retrieval and I know he would have done his best…The civil two million pound civil claim continues but more urgent are my prison medical records from the Parc prison both my gp and consultant are being refused despite numerous requests South Wales Police, of course, refuse to help as it is the defendant in the machine gun civil claim! 1CF03361”

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Maurice Kirk: the shocking mistreatment begins – phone call from HMP Exeter 05 June 2020 + archive

Maurice Kirk: the mistreatment begins – phone call from HMP Exeter 05 June 2020

the shocking targeting begins for Maurice, 75, on remand in HMP Exeter

archive continues: 

Maurice Kirk – call from HMP Exeter 04 June 2020 + archive 04 June 2020

Maurice Kirk – call from HMP Exeter 04 June 2020

outrageous!!

Maurice Kirk remanded in HMP Exeter – documents stolen and withheld – even from GP! – VIDEO + archive 03 June 2020

Update 03 June 2020:  Maurice has been remanded for 28 days to HMP Exeter, with the magistrate recommending a crown court trial, probably in November – all this for delivering a letter to one’s MP!

He was given a ‘bundle’ en route to Exeter including the letter from his MP who had sent a letter – to SW Police? –  that she felt she was being threatened. M says he had never met with his MP but originally wrote in May/June ’19 with request for help to get medical records from the clinic that he’s been refused the records from for many years. M had heard that the letter he’d sent to his MP had “anthrax” on it (gossip at village pub) when it was his toothpaste powder he’d used to stick the letter to his prison cell wall! In Dec 19 or Jan 20 he went to her constituency office and met the MP’s ‘agent’ or aide and asked him to book an appointment. By late Febuary 2020 he had heard nothing so he went again but then had lunch in a local diner where the MP’s aide came to speak to him . He asked again for his MP’s help. The aide said he would tell her. As again nothing happened last Wednesday 25th May he went to the village (Stoke St Mary) and from the pub went up to her house and posted a letter of request. 

8am Friday the police came to his Taunton flat and took him to the station in Bridgwater. There they charged him with harassment. M thinks there was no harassment as he should be allowed to send a letter to his MP and to visit her office in Taunton twice and then send another letter as he had not heard from her.

What a crock!

Update 02 June 2020 – Maurice was arrested on Friday morning 29 May 2020 and was taken to a police station: “Maurice can at the maximum be detained for 36 hrs without being charged, or up to 96 hrs if an extension is obtained from Magistrates’ but we do not think that that has happened and he would have to go to court for that or appear by link” [ends]. The 36 hours was up at around noon on Monday 01 June if he was arrested on Friday morning 29 May 2020. Where is he?

29 May 2020: Maurice Kirk,75, has been arrested again with harassment of his MP Rebecca Pow and is expected to be transferred to Exeter Prison tomorrow [unconfirmed]. Apparently he was trying to post a letter into her private house letterbox. Maurice is certain that the welsh police are behind it. Maurice is trying to retrieve his many legal and medical docs stolen upon his release from HMP last November by prison G4S staff [on the orders of you-know-who] and all attempts so far have proven futile, even by his GP who needs to see the medical notes regarding Maurice’s medical condition. The legal documents are paramount to his civil cases against certain [Welsh + other] authorities, hence their confiscation which is highly illegal, and is blatant theft, amongst other things. 

.
 

Maurice Kirk: Documents stolen and withheld – even from GP! VIDEO 11 May 2020

“Welsh prison and G4S have stolen my machine gun records and even my parole officer Bradley Hughes cannot achieve a retrieval and I know he would have done his best…The civil two million pound civil claim continues but more urgent are my prison medical records from the Parc prison both my gp and consultant are being refused despite numerous requests South Wales Police, of course, refuse to help as it is the defendant in the machine gun civil claim! 1CF03361”

 

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Maurice Kirk – call from HMP Exeter 04 June 2020 + archive 04 June 2020

Maurice Kirk – call from HMP Exeter 04 June 2020

outrageous!!

Maurice Kirk remanded in HMP Exeter – documents stolen and withheld – even from GP! – VIDEO + archive 03 June 2020

Update 03 June 2020:  Maurice has been remanded for 28 days to HMP Exeter, with the magistrate recommending a crown court trial, probably in November – all this for delivering a letter to one’s MP!

He was given a ‘bundle’ en route to Exeter including the letter from his MP who had sent a letter – to SW Police? –  that she felt she was being threatened. M says he had never met with his MP but originally wrote in May/June ’19 with request for help to get medical records from the clinic that he’s been refused the records from for many years. M had heard that the letter he’d sent to his MP had “anthrax” on it (gossip at village pub) when it was his toothpaste powder he’d used to stick the letter to his prison cell wall! In Dec 19 or Jan 20 he went to her constituency office and met the MP’s ‘agent’ or aide and asked him to book an appointment. By late Febuary 2020 he had heard nothing so he went again but then had lunch in a local diner where the MP’s aide came to speak to him . He asked again for his MP’s help. The aide said he would tell her. As again nothing happened last Wednesday 25th May he went to the village (Stoke St Mary) and from the pub went up to her house and posted a letter of request. 

8am Friday the police came to his Taunton flat and took him to the station in Bridgwater. There they charged him with harassment. M thinks there was no harassment as he should be allowed to send a letter to his MP and to visit her office in Taunton twice and then send another letter as he had not heard from her.

What a crock!

Update 02 June 2020 – Maurice was arrested on Friday morning 29 May 2020 and was taken to a police station: “Maurice can at the maximum be detained for 36 hrs without being charged, or up to 96 hrs if an extension is obtained from Magistrates’ but we do not think that that has happened and he would have to go to court for that or appear by link” [ends]. The 36 hours was up at around noon on Monday 01 June if he was arrested on Friday morning 29 May 2020. Where is he?

29 May 2020: Maurice Kirk,75, has been arrested again with harassment of his MP Rebecca Pow and is expected to be transferred to Exeter Prison tomorrow [unconfirmed]. Apparently he was trying to post a letter into her private house letterbox. Maurice is certain that the welsh police are behind it. Maurice is trying to retrieve his many legal and medical docs stolen upon his release from HMP last November by prison G4S staff [on the orders of you-know-who] and all attempts so far have proven futile, even by his GP who needs to see the medical notes regarding Maurice’s medical condition. The legal documents are paramount to his civil cases against certain [Welsh + other] authorities, hence their confiscation which is highly illegal, and is blatant theft, amongst other things. 

.
 

Maurice Kirk: Documents stolen and withheld – even from GP! VIDEO 11 May 2020

“Welsh prison and G4S have stolen my machine gun records and even my parole officer Bradley Hughes cannot achieve a retrieval and I know he would have done his best…The civil two million pound civil claim continues but more urgent are my prison medical records from the Parc prison both my gp and consultant are being refused despite numerous requests South Wales Police, of course, refuse to help as it is the defendant in the machine gun civil claim! 1CF03361”

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Don’t Extradite Assange – A new call for solidarity with Julian Assange – the National Union of Journalists

A resolution campaign is being launched across the labour movement in solidarity with Assange
A new call for solidarity with Julian Assange has been issued as his extradition hearing is set to resume in September. Following motions in support of Assange at Birmingham TUC and from the National Union of Journalists a resolution campaign is being launched across the labour movement. The comprehensive resolution adopted by the NUJ is to be circulated for other trade unions, Labour Party bodies, and campaign organisations to adapt for thier own use.  

‘Please put this resolution to your next meeting’, said John Rees from the Don’t Extradite Assange Campaign, ‘this is the defining free speech case of the 21st century. Freedom of information, free from government censorship, is the lifeblood of an effective labour movement. The NUJ have made a stand. Follow their example’.

The NUJ resolution is reproduced in full below and can be found here.

Please adapt it as required for your own organisation and let us know when it passes at: office@dontextraditeassange.com

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National Union of Journalists’ resolution notes:

1. That WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is held in Belmarsh prison awaiting United States extradition proceedings, a process that can take many years.

2. If Assange is successfully prosecuted in the US he faces 175 years in prison.

3. That the extraterritorial application of the Espionage Act in the indictment of Assange criminalises journalistic activities, in this case activities carried out on UK soil by a non-US national, in collaboration with numerous UK media (including The Guardian, Channel 4 and The Telegraph).

4. That previous statements by the General Secretary of the NUJ, by the Australian Journalists Union MEAA, and by the International Federation of Journalists’ organisations have supported Assange. 

5. That there is a political dimension to extraditions and that the ‘special relationship’ between the UK and US makes the extradition of Assange more likely to go ahead.

Believes:

1. That Assange’s indictment comes at a time of heightened threats to the press in Western countries in the form of raids on newspapers and broadcasters, government claims that the press are ‘the enemy of the people’, and actual prosecutions involving life-long sentences for publishing accurately.

2. That Assange’s extradition to the United States would establish a dangerous precedent with regard to the prosecution of journalists in this country under the UK Official Secrets Act given the requirement for the UK courts to accept US arguments as to dual criminality for the extradition to go ahead. 

3. That press freedoms in this country will be weakened if the courts accept that NUJ members’ publishing activities in this country can give rise to criminal liability in foreign states and to their consequent lawful extradition.

4. That the publication of the Afghan and Iraq war logs and other material by WikiLeaks that are the subject of the US indictment revealed important information that has benefitted the public.

5. Disclosing information to the public should never be equated with espionage 

Resolves

1. To campaign to stop the extradition of Julian Assange to the US.

2. To write to the Home Secretary, the Shadow Home Secretary, and the Shadow Justice Secretary making the union’s case on this issue.

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Maurice Kirk remanded in HMP Exeter – documents stolen and withheld – even from GP! – VIDEO + archive 03 June 2020

Update 03 June 2020:  Maurice has been remanded for 28 days to HMP Exeter, with the magistrate recommending a crown court trial, probably in November – all this for delivering a letter to one’s MP!
He was given a ‘bundle’ en route to Exeter including the letter from his MP who had sent a letter – to SW Police? –  that she felt she was being threatened. M says he had never met with his MP but originally wrote in May/June ’19 with request for help to get medical records from the clinic that he’s been refused the records from for many years. M had heard that the letter he’d sent to his MP had “anthrax” on it (gossip at village pub) when it was his toothpaste powder he’d used to stick the letter to his prison cell wall! In Dec 19 or Jan 20 he went to her constituency office and met the MP’s ‘agent’ or aide and asked him to book an appointment. By late Febuary 2020 he had heard nothing so he went again but then had lunch in a local diner where the MP’s aide came to speak to him . He asked again for his MP’s help. The aide said he would tell her. As again nothing happened last Wednesday 25th May he went to the village (Stoke St Mary) and from the pub went up to her house and posted a letter of request. 

8am Friday the police came to his Taunton flat and took him to the station in Bridgwater. There they charged him with harassment. M thinks there was no harassment as he should be allowed to send a letter to his MP and to visit her office in Taunton twice and then send another letter as he had not heard from her.

What a crock!

Update 02 June 2020 – Maurice was arrested on Friday morning 29 May 2020 and was taken to a police station: “Maurice can at the maximum be detained for 36 hrs without being charged, or up to 96 hrs if an extension is obtained from Magistrates’ but we do not think that that has happened and he would have to go to court for that or appear by link” [ends]. The 36 hours was up at around noon on Monday 01 June if he was arrested on Friday morning 29 May 2020. Where is he?

29 May 2020: Maurice Kirk,75, has been arrested again with harassment of his MP Rebecca Pow and is expected to be transferred to Exeter Prison tomorrow [unconfirmed]. Apparently he was trying to post a letter into her private house letterbox. Maurice is certain that the welsh police are behind it. Maurice is trying to retrieve his many legal and medical docs stolen upon his release from HMP last November by prison G4S staff [on the orders of you-know-who] and all attempts so far have proven futile, even by his GP who needs to see the medical notes regarding Maurice’s medical condition. The legal documents are paramount to his civil cases against certain [Welsh + other] authorities, hence their confiscation which is highly illegal, and is blatant theft, amongst other things. 
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Maurice Kirk: Documents stolen and withheld – even from GP! VIDEO 11 May 2020

“Welsh prison and G4S have stolen my machine gun records and even my parole officer Bradley Hughes cannot achieve a retrieval and I know he would have done his best…The civil two million pound civil claim continues but more urgent are my prison medical records from the Parc prison both my gp and consultant are being refused despite numerous requests South Wales Police, of course, refuse to help as it is the defendant in the machine gun civil claim! 1CF03361”

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