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Monday, 7 November 2011

"Syvret Denied 'McKenzie' Friend"

Jersey's Stuart Syvret loses appeal against prison sentence

So Stuart was in court this morning and due to appear at 11am. Myself and Cyril turned up at 9.15am expecting to get an hour or so with Stuart to run through his defence case, and advise him accordingly.

What we were greeted with was a barrage of 'excuses' and 'don't knows' from the court staff. We were not told what time he was arriving in court, we were told he might be still up at La Moye, then as we left we saw the prison van come in.

We went back into court and informed a staff member that we were his counsel for the ensuing court case, we were then told we could not see Stuart. We left for a while to pick up some paperwork and returned.

We went up to the courtroom and knocked on the door of the room that Stuart was being held in. I asked the guy who opened the door, "could myself and Cyril speak to Stuart as we were his counsel?" I was told that it was not possible to speak with Stuart at all, the door was then closed on us.

I was informed by VFC tonight that Stuart was also told that he could not speak with us either!!! Therefore, Stuart was denied any legal advice or assistance, and any representation in court.

It looks like complaint time is upon us at last :)

Myself & Cyril must have The Corrupt Jersey Oligarchy very worried indeed!!!

Stuart Syvret did not complete any of the 80 hours of community service he was originally given

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The former health minister Stuart Syvret has lost his appeal against his prison sentence.
The former senator was jailed last Wednesday for eight weeks for failing to do his community service.
Commissioner Sir Christopher Pitchers heard his appeal in Jersey's Royal Court on Monday.
Syvret took the opportunity to argue he was justified in leaving Jersey during a previous court case, which led to his conviction for contempt of court.
But Commissioner Pitchers rejected his argument.
He said the Magistrate Bridget Shaw had no option but to give him an eight-week prison sentence when he refused to do his community service.
Commissioner Pitchers also rejected that Syvret was too unwell to do his community service, saying he had been fit enough to fight an election campaign and could easily have done the work.
He said Syvret had brought himself to this position and rejected his appeal.
'Entrenched oligarchy' Syvret returned to prison, but said he would try to bring another appeal based on unlawful detention back to the court.
Meanwhile on Friday, the UK Lib Dem MP John Hemming tabled a Commons motion, accusing the island's legislature, executive and judiciary of "political repression".
He is urging the UK Government to order an investigation into the running of Jersey's public authorities.
The MP is claiming that "ordinary people" on the island are being "oppressed" by what he calls "an entrenched oligarchy".
In his motion he said there had been "political repression of former Chief Police Officer, Graham Power and former senator Stuart Syvret".
He is calling for action to be taken to ensure that European Human Rights laws are enforced in Jersey.
But Jersey's Chief Minister, Senator Terry Le Sueur, said in a statement: "Mr Syvret is able to exercise a right of appeal because Jersey's judicial system is compliant with the European Convention of Human Rights."

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14 comments:

  1. i think they are a tad bit worried ,it is bad the way he and you were treated today .that is out side the law im sure ?

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  2. But Jersey's Chief Minister, Senator Terry Le Sueur, said in a statement: "Mr Syvret is able to exercise a right of appeal because Jersey's judicial system is compliant with the European Convention of Human Rights."

    Now that, is funny.

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  3. The Jersey Judiciary is a freak show, nothing more.

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  4. They are taking the piss

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  5. What puzzles me about Jersey is why there is only one newspaper - why no competition?

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  6. Anonymous said...
    What puzzles me about Jersey is why there is only one newspaper - why no competition?

    The Jersey gazette section of the Rag publishes
    all public notices of the 'States', this is a requirement of 'law'

    estimated income from this cozy relationship
    is said to be c £300,000 p.a.

    not a bad head start on any compition eh!

    cyril

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  7. Where else would any person be jailed because he named a murderer?

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  8. What puzzles me about Jersey is why there is only one newspaper - why no competition?

    Someone tried a few years ago with "Island Eye"
    but with the discounted advertising ep suddenly came up with & not a look in on the States adverts etc it was not viable in the end to carry it on.
    Shame as there were a few cracking stories & headlines including one on a certain policeman Martin Le Brocq that was headlined as a perjuror after a threat of withdraw or else from his lawyer the paper did NOT withdraw & nothing else was heard,shame we havn't got that paper today!!!

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  9. I was present at the hearing, Mr Syvret decided to represent himself, this was clearly a mistake, most of the time he appeared to be rambling with no real point to what he was saying. He was treated fairly and with respect at all times even after accusing the judge of being conflicted and bias. The simple fact is this, he was given the option of doing community service rather than prison, he accepted then failed to complete a single hour, he then said to probation " you don't seriously expect me to do this do you?". It would appear to me that he has been the master of his own demise in this instance. he then claimed he was to ill to complete the community service although, still as the judge pointed out, fit enough to run a senatorial election campaign! I was expecting to see a victimised, persecuted ex-politician. I saw a man acting like a petulant child who appeared to think the world or Jersey owes him something!

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  10. I have heard and watched Mr. Syvret publicly speaking, never could it be described as rambling.

    I have always found him concise, direct and articulate.

    This has always been his forte.

    Given the circumstances, surrounding the ruling against him not the Court nor State media presented fait accompli, then I admire his stance on not taking that judgement seriously.

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  11. Ian.

    Surprised you printed that blinkered Rag readers comment.

    Not even worth printing, let alone replying to!

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  12. I let it through to show the world the level of ill informed halfwitisism that meanders through Jersey's entangled grapevine!

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  13. The blinkered Rag readers comment posted at 6:31 pm.

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  14. YES, which one did you think I was talking about?

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