"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen."

Wednesday, 17 February 2010

What's Happened To Andrew Symeou?

The answer to that is 'pretty much nothing'.  Andrew Symeou is still in a filthy Greek jail, refused bail; there is still no trial date set and he can be held there for another twelve months.

UKIP raised the matter in the European Parliament in January and Andrew's case was highlighted as was that of two Britons being held in Budapest: Michael Turner and Jason McGoldrick.  Graham Watson, LibDem MEP,  has his moral priorities wrong and should be ashamed of himself - instead he seems rather proud about his role in implementing the EAW.  I wonder what a body language expert would make of him almost constantly 'washing' his hands during his brief, back-patting speech:

Liberty states:
  • A person should not be extradited to stand trial in a foreign country without evidence being presented in a British court to prove there is a basic (prima facie) case against them
  •  If the crime is alleged to have occurred in whole or in part in the UK, then the person should not be extradited if a court here decides it is not in the interest of justice to extradite
  • A person in the UK should not be extradited for something that is not a crime in the UK. British justice should not be circumvented.
Corpus Juris is no justice at all and despite the warnings when plans for the EAW were formulated, the EU has gone ahead and created a prison for all of us.
EU Arrest Warrant in Action
Fair Trials International
Free Mike & Jason campaign
'Overhaul' of British Courts


  1. UKIP seems to be the only party taking this up, GV.

    Lickspittle Watson is contemptible.

    I hope you're holding up. Good to see you posting more frequently! And thanks for posting at my place - always an enjoyable read.

  2. Interesting vid, all predicted in adavance of course. Equally interesting are the swathes of empty seats for what is a fundamentally important issue; freedom of citizens from abitrary arrest.

  3. UKIP do seem to be making the running on it Fausty but the EP doesns't listen - I've lost count of the number of videos I've seen where dissenting MEPs snigger ot laugh openly when fundamental civil liberties issues like this are raised.

    Blogging is still rather erratic but you're welcome to any of my posts your readers might be interested in :-)

    Hi Banned - just like our own dear Parliament! MEPs still haven't changed the system where they can clock in for the day with their suitcases, be paid the daily allowance, and then just take off. If we think some of our MPs have been taking the p with the expenses issue, wait until more people sit up and notice what MEPs get up to. I see the papers (Telegraph) are beginning to get their teeth into local authorities now - good. Some CEOs get more than £250k pa + expenses for overseeing a system which increasingly seems to be more about monitoring, controlling and fining the council tax payer. Grrrrr!


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