|Symbolic ... Keeping justice supreme, suposedly. The Royal Courts of Justice in London's West End.|
What an encouragement to know it and to have known it since, probably, we first attended school.
What a surprise, though, to discover that maybe, perhaps, it isn't altogether true.
Regulars here will know the story well: Your blogger was ambushed 21 years and 22 days ago, and charged with smuggling a vast amount of drugs into England.
The charge alleged I imported it into the country on my swallowing-the-anchor voyage which followed half my working life as a fully qualified DoT commercial yachtsman.
I planned to land on the South Coast, probably Plymouth, but the mainsail tore in the Bay of Biscay. I had little choice, given the time of year and the inescapable fact that the Channel is the world's busiest shipping lane, but to turn back south.
I couldn't have done the smuggling, and wouldn't have, and certainly didn't.
|I served eight years and a fortnight before release. The State nabbed my property, my gorgeous but very modest yacht, my life-savings. In all that time since, I have fought to clear my name. However, there seems to be no path to follow to have the trial reviewed.|
It is hard to believe that with our at least alleged esteemed justice system they won the case – held in camera – and had me sentenced to 19 years imprisonment.
I served eight years and a fortnight before release. The State nabbed my property, my gorgeous but very modest yacht, my life-savings.
In all that time since, I have fought to clear my name.
However, there seems to be no path to follow to have the trial reviewed.
No encouragement from the, er, legal team, and no encouragement nor even acknowledgement from charities supposedly specialising in injustice.
A year ago, I turned to Sir Ed Davey, local MP and now leader of the Liberal Party. He kindly met me at the local HQ and heard the details.
That was at 0810 a year ago tomorrow, 23 September. Admittedly, some major national challenges have happened since then, but not a glimmer of hope is offered.
Surely there is a way to get injustice reviewed in a country so famed for fairness. Be very, very grateful to discover it.