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Friday, 29 June 2012

"Malfeasance & Perjury - Standard Procedure In Jersey Courts"

"Bailhache Refuses Investigation into Perjury and Missing Sections of Trial Tapes"

Deputy Bailiff William Bailhache

Continuing from Monday the farce that is Cyrils' prosecution at the hands of Jerseys' money grabbing lawless judiciary. As readers are aware, Cyril was refused any kind of investigation into his complaints by the Deputy Bailiff, William Bailhache. Please see link below.


A little more background to this story.

Cyril wrote to the Magistrates Greffier Substitute (D Le Heuze) on the 13th June 2012 with the simple request that he be sent full disclosure of the evidence, this disclosure included a copy of the original trial recording. Please see letter below.


To date, Cyril has not received any response whatsoever from public servant D Le Heuze of the Magistrates Greffe. Indeed, Cyril should have been furnished with all this evidence well before his hearing at the Royal court last Monday.

Furthermore, Cyril filed with the Judicial Greffe of the Royal Court, the correct form for calling a witness to give evidence at his appeal, this witness was Pc 252 Mark O'Neill.

As per "The Jersey Way" there was no sign of this witness at the appeal, so where was he when he should have been in court giving good honest wholesome evidence?

According to the Crown Prosecutor, this witness was out shooting on a firearms course instead of testifying in court, this pathetic excuse was accepted by the Deputy Bailiff William Bailhache without question!!! Please see letter below.



After Bailhaches utter contempt for justice and the rule of law claiming that perjury by policemen, and missing segments of trial tapes were not worthy of any kind of investigation by the court, Cyril had his case adjourned until the 26th July 2012.

Cyril, having no fear of Bailhache or his kind, took it upon himself to do Bailhaches job for him. Cyril therefore filed a formal complaint with the States of Jersey Police of two counts of perverting the course of justice and perjury against the two officers involved. Please see letter below.



"TRIAL SUMMARY"

In short, Bridget Shaw (at trial) refused to confirm that she was acting in her capacity as a Magistrate.

The prosecution refused to reveal in which jurisdiction they were bringing the charges.

We are not permitted to record our own trial ourselves, rather we must rely solely on the transcripts provided by the Oligarchy.

It appears that us mere mortals have no legal right of access to our own trial tapes.



"APPEAL SUMMARY"

The Crown deem it more than reasonable that a defendant is given one week max to prepare an appeal, yet the Crown can happily take six weeks to prepare their case.

Apparently in Jersey, calling a witness for your appeal is totally at the discretion of the prosecution.

The second highest judge in the land rules it completely unnecessary to order any investigation into extremely serious criminal activity within the establishment.


This is what passes for justice in Jersey!


These crooks commit their crimes against anyone who dare question their ways or authority. Stuart Syvret, Graham Power, Lenny Harper, and Simon Bellwood are but the tip of the iceberg, the abuse survivors making up the base.


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"Leah McGrath Goodman Unlawfully Imprisoned"

Anarchy In The UK?


Haut de la Garenne, Jersey, 2011
The following story was commissioned by The Guardian after I was detained, questioned and banned from the United Kingdom in the wake of research for my next book in the Channel Islands, a $1 trillion tax haven off the coast of England. Many of you have asked what I have been working on — this is what I have been working on. My misadventures, along with those of several others whose names I am proud to see mine alongside, are cited in The Guardian’s print edition today. I am fine, although I may now be the only member of the London Speaker Bureau not allowed to speak in London. I will truly miss the UK’s savory fish pies.



When I was 29 and first embarking on my writing career in London, I discovered a beautiful island off the coast of England that I would return to many times in the years to come. Jersey not only has heavenly beaches and culinary delights, but the people of the island are some of the loveliest I have known. After a busy week in the City, a puddle-jump flight could see me there in less than an hour, soaking up the sun on the white sands under wildflower-draped cliffs. The island’s locals would sometimes hint that Jersey’s pristine exterior belied a dark side. But I couldn’t imagine it. How could a place with such warm people have a dark heart?
When I returned to the U.S. in late 2008 with my first book contract, it came as a shock when I witnessed, from a distance, Jersey’s horrific child abuse scandal. Day after day for weeks, I watched the deputy chief of police, Lenny Harper, give interviews to a crush of international press outside the shuttered orphanage of Haut de la Garenne. Harper seemed increasingly alarmed over the human remains his team was finding inside, although what to make of them was hotly debated by the media.
The islanders, who are quiet people, were quietly devastated. The notion that, for decades, their children’ homes might have been used as a sexual cafeteria for the rich and privileged – as hundreds of the victims contended – was distasteful in the extreme. During the probe government officials repeatedly stated that they fully intended to run a thorough investigation. Yet, within months, Harper and his boss, the island’s head constable, Graham Power, had been smeared by the local newspaper, The Jersey Evening Post, as unfit for their jobs and driven from the island. Their main advocate, Senator Stuart Syvret – then-health minister and one of the island’s most popular politicians – also found himself under siege, eventually sacked and jailed twice. The cases made against each man were as flimsy as the headlines were flashy.
It seemed that anyone who attempted to stand up for Jersey’s underprivileged or conduct a proper investigation into their treatment soon found themselves in the fight of their lives.
Evidence found at Haut de la Garenne – including bones that were “fresh and fleshed” before being burned and dozens of children’s teeth with the roots still on them in the furnace area – was turned over to a new police chief who downplayed its significance but also admitted to throwing some of it out. As an investigative journalist, I found it hard to understand how this could possibly inspire confidence. It seemed the situation needed to be looked at by someone without an axe to grind or an ass to save.
After I passed in my first book, which also focused on cultures of corruption (The Asylum: The Renegades Who Hijacked The World’s Oil Market, HarperCollins 2011) I began to travel to the UK on a regular basis to conduct interviews with the victims, senators and law-enforcement officials.
This is where my own troubles began…A couple years into my research, my trips to the UK were becoming frequent enough to justify my renting a flat for overnight stays and an office for my paperwork. Jersey has strict rules about outsiders renting property, so I arranged to meet with Jersey’s Customs and Immigration officials in July 2011 to make sure my accommodations passed muster. I was told they did. The first officer I met with, Jim Griffiths, told me not to worry and that as long as I did not intend to live in Jersey or take a job there – and my trips did not exceed the six-month time limit for visitors – I could proceed with my work. When he asked what I was researching, I was completely honest. He quickly excused himself and then returned with his superior. The two men proceeded to shout at me. I was told that I needed to get a long-term entry visa to conduct my work on the island. I asked if they had changed their minds due to the nature of my research. The two men would not answer the question and immediately escorted me out.
A week later, I went home to the States to do other work and did not return to the UK until early September. I was on my way to speak at a bank conference in Salzburg, but had meetings in London and Jersey with other journalists. This time, the border check at Heathrow Airport asked me if I would go to a waiting area to answer additional questions about my stay. This had never happened to me before, but I was not very concerned and agreed. No one asked me any questions, though. Instead, a second border official took me to an empty room beneath the airport and simply locked the door behind me. I did not at any time consent to being imprisoned. My luggage, wallet, phone, bank cards and my identification were taken from me. If I’d been turned out on the street at that moment, I would have been utterly helpless to feed myself or prove who I was. There is no way to explain what this feels like until it happens to you, but until then I never realized the razor-thin line between feeling secure and feeling endangered.
I asked the guards what was happening and I was handed a piece of paper that said, “You have been detained under paragraph 16 of Schedule 2 to the 1971 Act or arrested under paragraph 17 of Schedule 2 of that Act.” What did this mean? Was I being arrested? No one would say. I was fingerprinted and photographed. I asked the personnel watching me if I could call my solicitor or my consulate. “That’s what people always say,” one of the staffers said. I asked: What are my rights? A second staffer answered: “This is the border. You have no rights.”
It got worse from there. For several hours, I waited for any concrete information about how long I would be trapped in a basement. The border guards repeatedly told me they needed time to go through my luggage and papers before deciding what questions to ask me. This struck me as an attempt to reverse-engineer a case against me. I demanded to return to the States unless there were grounds to keep me there. I was told by the border officials they could make things much more painful if I did not cooperate.
At this point, I wanted to call my family to let then know where I was, but this, too, was denied. None of the officers would provide their full names and the paperwork they signed and occasionally handed me was indecipherable. Closed-circuit TV cameras were everywhere, but none of them took audio recording (which made sense, seeing what the officers were saying to me).
The fascist world depicted by Terry Gilliam in the film Brazil is alive and well under the Heathrow airport.
In all, I was there from 0645 GMT to 1900 GMT, 12 hours without food or sleep on the back of a redeye flight. Ultimately, I was denied entry to the UK and sent back to the U.S., the black stamp of death I’d always heard about, but never seen, punched in my passport. The two officers who interrogated me later that day asked very personal questions — some of them about where I lived, my exact addresses in New York and the Channel Islands, and some of them about the people who were closest to me. I was deeply reluctant to discuss my personal relationships or my addresses, as I got the feeling security and safety were not high on the UK Border Force’s priority list. Once the questions had ended, there was another hours-long wait, after which I was informed that I was being ousted. By the time I received the verdict, I did not care anymore; I just wanted to sleep, shower and eat — things, by the way, you cannot do under Heathrow Airport. Flying home, I lay across the plane seats and cried.
As I later found, the UK was not accusing me of doing anything wrong. My big mistake, apparently, had been to meet with the Jersey officials. According to a subject access request filed with the UK Border Agency after I’d returned home, Jersey’s officials flagged me well before I arrived at the border. I filed a second subject access request with Jersey itself, but received a form letter stating that information had been withheld for “the purposes of the prevention, detection or investigation of a crime; or the apprehension or prosecution of persons who have committed an offence.” I can only assume this refers to me – a journalist who, until last summer, held a clean record in the UK and a Tier-1 visa. (I have since learned from the Jersey officials that I am not being investigated for a crime or offense, but it is all still a bit perplexing.)
At the border, UK officials encouraged me to file for another long-term visa but when I did, I was slapped with a two-year ban from entering the country in January. My legal team in London said they had never seen the UKBA act with such swift malice. Three times, from January to April, I requested administrative reviews – an appeals process to which all are entitled for the reconsideration of a visa – and was denied three times. My two-year travel ban was mysteriously reduced to one year, however, after a member of Parliament, John Hemming, wrote a letter of support. A representative from the UK’s National Union of Journalists also wrote a letter backing me, noting that I was the first journalist to be banned from England in years.
Until two weeks ago, the investigation into my case was active and since my detainment (I eventually learned it was not an arrest) I have written several times to get a copy of my CCTV footage – to which all also are entitled – as proof that I was denied my rights at the border. For months, my requests went ignored, but another appeal made on my behalf by MP Hemming finally received a response from Immigration Minister Damian Green.
He said my CCTV footage had been destroyed.
Several days ago, another letter arrived at the MP’s office from a high-ranking official. It said my CCTV footage had not been destroyed. Who knows which is true?
While my treatment pales in comparison to the treatment of many of the islanders — particularly the abuse survivors — who have dared speak out against some of the nastier acts of tyranny in Jersey since the Haut de la Garenne scandal, I am beginning to understand their immense bravery. As an American, it is not terribly difficult to challenge authority from an ocean away. But for those who live on the tiny island of Jersey and have done so all their lives it is an act of supreme heroism to risk persecution when they have nowhere else they can call home.
(For those of you who may be reading this with information about Haut de la Garenne, please email me through this site. All correspondences will receive personal responses and be held in the utmost confidence. For anyone looking for a deep drill into Jersey’s ongoing political imbroglios, two outstanding citizen bloggers have been working slavishly for years to lift the curtain: Neil McMurray at Voice for Children and Rico Sorda. On an island where the established media serve as the de facto mouthpiece of those in power, these self-taught journalists, who work for free under grave pressure in thankless conditions, are the only independent press around.)

"Scum"

Tragedy of mother (18) jailed for

smuggling heroin


Kara Pereira who was jailed for 5½ years by the Royal Court


A TEENAGE mother broke down in court yesterday when she was jailed for 5½ years for importing class A drugs into the Island.

Kara Pereira (18) smuggled heroin with a street value of £80,000 and cocaine worth just over £1,000 into the Island in return for £1,500 after falling on hard times.

But her desperate bid to pay off her debts failed when she was arrested minutes after stepping off a plane at the Airport.

And she sobbed uncontrollably as the Royal Court dismissed her advocate’s pleas for a community order and sentenced her to youth detention.

Thursday, 28 June 2012

"The Guardian Exposing Child Abuse In Jersey"

"The Truth Is Emerging"

 

 

Series: Islands apart - Channel Islands under scrutiny

Jersey's 'secrecy culture' led to my suspension, says former police chief

Graham Power claims he was punished for daring to investigate allegations against some of the island's power players
Graham Power, Jersey
Graham Power: 'I was suspended by the very government whose institutions were being investigated. You cannot get much more conflicted than that." Photograph: Toby Melville/Reuters
Before moving to Jersey to take charge of the island's police in 2000, Graham Power had served in the senior ranks of four other forces in a career spanning more than 30 years. A recipient of the Queen's Medal for distinguished service, he had been vetted by UK authorities to "top secret" level and was so well regarded that he had also been appointed an assessor for the body that selects chief officers for UK constabularies.

But after eight successful years on Jersey, Power found himself suddenly suspended in what one local politician supporter believes was a "coup d'etat engineered by a small group of powerful people who denied him natural justice".

The initial suspension, which related to Power's management and supervision of a child abuse inquiry centred around Haut de la Garenne, a children's home on the island, continues to be a hugely controversial topic in Jersey. It's an episode which Jersey's critics see as a prime example of the way the island's elite treats those who dare to challenge their authority.

Nine months before Power's suspension on 12 November 2008, the historic child abuse investigation made headlines around the globe after Power's deputy, Lenny Harper, told the world's media he thought his team had found human remains buried under Haut de la Garenne. He told hordes of journalists that suspicious forensic material discovered during excavation tallied with accounts given by various abuse victims of hearing children dragged from their beds at night who were then never seen again. .

By the time Power was suspended, Harper had retired. The very day Power was suspended, the new officer in charge of the inquiry, Detective Superintendent Mick Gradwell, said at his first press conference that there had never been compelling evidence to justify the excavation, and much of what was found there did not suggest murder, contrary to initial police reports.

"There are no credible allegations of murder, there are no suspects for murder and no specific time period for murder," said Gradwell. To this day, Harper vigorously defends the way he carried out the investigation.
Forensic experts still disagree over whether suspicious material found during the excavation of the home was 20th century human bone or a piece of coconut shell, and no one has ever been able to explain the discovery of 65 milk teeth found in the building's cellar. But Jersey's authorities eventually accepted they had failed some children in their care "in a serious way", and earlier this year opened a compensation scheme promising to pay victims up to £60,000 each for their distress.

The States of Jersey have also agreed to hold an independent "committee of inquiry" into child abuse within the island's care system.
By the time the historic abuse investigation was closed in December 2010, eight people had been prosecuted as a result of the Power inquiry – a far lower number than initially expected. Just four related to Haut de la Garenne, with one abuser receiving a light sentence having himself been abused at the home.

Power, as well as child abuse survivors the Guardian has spoken to on the island, claim that after his suspension, some victims lost faith in the investigation. He said: "After my suspension a police officer working in the incident room approached me in the street and told me that incident room staff were busy dealing with calls from victims who were distressed after hearing that I had been suspended and were saying that 'it would all be covered up again'. I have had similar messages from people close to victims and from individual victims who do not wish to be named."

David Warcup, Power's replacement, insisted at the end of the investigation that there was "no evidence from which it would be possible to mount any further prosecutions."
As Power sees it, his suspension was a punishment for daring to challenge Jersey's "secrecy culture" by investigating serious allegations made against some of the island's power players. Worse, by allowing Harper to talk freely to the media during the investigation, both men were damaging Jersey's reputation abroad – a nightmare for a small place with an economy so dependent on foreign finance that it as Power claims, had a "heightened sensitivity to reputational damage". Or as the Liberal MP John Hemming puts it: "I think he was suspended because he was too ethical. That is very worrying."

On Tuesday this week, politicians in the States of Jersey, the island's parliament, debated behind closed doors whether Andrew Lewis, the minister responsible for Power's suspension, had misled States members as to the reasons why he removed Power from office.
The deputy who demanded the debate, Mike Higgins, said disclosure was needed to "right a wrong". He wanted the parliament to agree to release a transcript of a States session held "in camera" shortly after Power's suspension, in which Lewis gave what Higgins believes is a misleading statement relating to Power's suspension.

But at the closed session on Tuesday, States members voted to keep the transcript secret .
Power was never found guilty of any charges of misconduct, and remained on full pay throughout his two-year suspension, which lasted until his retirement in July 2010. Contacted by the Guardian this week, Lewis insisted the reasons for suspending Power were "compelling". He said: "The act of suspension was fully in line with the disciplinary code and was a neutral act in order to give the chief officer sufficient time to defend his position uncompromised by the constraints of office." He could not go into more detail about the evidence which led him to suspend Power, he said, because he was "bound by the confidentiality requirements in the chief police officer's discipline code." He strongly refuted any allegations of a conspiracy.
Power is not the only one who feels cast out after asking difficult questions. In 2012, an American author and journalist, Leah McGrath Goodman, found herself banned from the UK and Channel Islands, which she says followed the Jersey establishment discovering she was writing a book about the historic child abuse inquiry focussed on Haut de la Garenne. Both the UK Border Agency (UKBA) and Jersey's customs and immigrations service insist her ban was unrelated to her journalistic investigations. But Goodman believes differently, having been flagged by Jersey customs officials as a potential criminal as soon as they found out what she was doing on the island – information she says she offered voluntarily after requesting a meeting to check that a flat and office she had leased in St Helier conformed to Jersey's strict rules on accommodation for so-called "non-qualified" residents.

A spokeswoman for the UK Border Force told the Guardian: "Ms Goodman was refused entry to the UK because we were not satisfied she was genuinely seeking entry as a visitor for the limited period she claimed. Further enquires showed that she attempted to mislead the Border Force officer about her travel plans and the reason she required entry to the UK."

Goodman disputes this. She said: "To date, the UK Border Force can do little more than accuse me of intending to possibly commit a future transgression, as it has been forced to admit there has been none. This has been a bit like the film Minority Report, in that I am being pursued for something that hasn't actually taken place. As a former Tier-1 visa holder with a spotless record, I was surprised to be locked up, denied legal representation and banned from a country for which I've always held the highest respect. I have never misled the UK Border Force, nor have I ever intended to. I do realise it is a delicate situation, but I hope I might finish my work."

Charities have also encountered problems after questioning Jersey's modus operandi. In May, ActionAid and Christian Aid, both of which have been critical of the island preventing shelter to tax avoiders, were two of 20 charities that lost support for their general overseas aid projects from Jersey's Overseas Aid Commission.
Funding was pulled following a threat floated last year by the commission's executive officer, Kathryn Filipponi, who warned Jersey may "reconsider" donating hundreds of thousands of pounds of public money to UK charities which repeatedly attacked the island for being a tax haven.

Announcing the decision last month, the commission chairman, Paul Routier, insisted the move was not motivated by political or religious factors, and said the two charities had still received approval to collect funding to provide disaster and emergency relief.
As Hemming sees it, Jersey's current system is compromised by nepotism and conflicts of interest which result in the most powerful protecting each other. "For the checks and balances to work, people cannot be related or close friends," said Hemming. "The problem in Jersey is that things are covered up rather than dealt with. That arises with any small group of people where conflicts of interest are built into the system."
Arriving on Jersey at the start of the new millennium after a successful spell as deputy to HM Chief Inspector of Constabulary for Scotland, Power soon realised there were special challenges policing a small island where everybody knew each other. "In Jersey there are often school and family connections between police officers, lawyers, politicians and criminals," he told the Guardian.

"This can of course happen in any small community. In the UK, forces deal with this by ensuring that police officers are rarely asked to police the community they were brought up in. In Jersey that is not possible. The island is nine miles by five and there is only one police station. We were constantly having to deal with issues where somebody involved in a case appeared to have a conflict of interest, or worse than that, where there appeared to be a leak of intelligence from inside the force which benefitted criminals who might have had some connection within the organisation."

In a signed affidavit he submitted when applying for judicial review to his suspension in 2009, he claimed that one of the officials on the island who played a "significant role" in his suspension publicly defended a suspect in the historic abuse investigation. "If anyone wants to get ____[the suspect], they will have to get me first," said Bill Ogley, chief executive of Jersey's civil service, according to Power. This show of support was applauded by a number of civil servants present, he added. Ogley denies having made these comments.
Power believes his suspension sets a disturbing precedent which needs to be challenged. Otherwise, he said in his affidavit: "There are potentially serious consequences for the independence and integrity of law enforcement in the island and an additional risk that future police actions will be subject to inappropriate political pressure and intimidation."

Power firmly believes his suspension was orchestrated by Frank Walker, then occupying the top political job on the island as chief minister.
In his signed affidavit, Power says he attended a meeting just before Lewis took over where Walker unleashed a "verbal attack on the historic abuse inquiry claiming that it was causing damaging publicly for the island."
When contacted by the Guardian last week, Walker declined to comment on this or any of 14 other claims put to him, saying: "I am surprised that you are seeking to raise questions which have been asked and answered many times in the years since Mr Power's suspension. I'm afraid I am not prepared to yet again go over such old ground. I will merely say that I was then, and remain today, absolutely confident that Mr Power's suspension was necessary and appropriate. His conspiracy theories are entirely baseless."
He refused to explain why he believed Power's suspension was justified, nor to comment on a claim made by a deputy in the Jersey's parliament, Paul le Claire, who in the debating chamber alleged that he took part in a conversation between Walker and Lewis in which they discussed "getting rid" of Harper. Le Claire only went public on this two years after the fact, explaining in an interview with the Jersey blog Voice For Children
that he had been too scared to talk out. He claimed there was on the island a culture of fear which deterred ordinary people from speaking out.

Higgins, the Jersey politician who tried to "right the wrong" of Power's suspension in Tuesday's parliamentary sitting, told the Guardian: "Jersey, like other small island states, has a small powerful elite which pervades all sections of public and private life and which uses its positions and influence to its advantage. In my opinion, the investigation and handling of the police investigation into Haut de la Garenne was not only acutely embarrassing to them but it also opened up a can of worms that they did not want exposed.
"In my opinion, Mr Power's original suspension resembled a coup d'etat engineered by a small group of powerful people who denied him natural justice and have attempted since then to thwart enquiries, investigations and scrutiny into this affair and the original child abuse investigations. They have been aided and abetted by a politicised civil service, compliant media and other well meaning but naive politicians".
It is a common complaint on Jersey that the island's media, particularly the only newspaper, the Jersey Evening Post (JEP), were more concerned with protecting the island's reputation than the victims of child abuse. In January, the Jersey Care Leavers' Association complained to the island's Health and Social Services department, after a JEP article seemed to disparage the compensation scheme soon to be announced for the victims. In a column, a JEP journalist had written: "By the way, you're about to pay out millions upon millions to abuse victims in civil compensation claims. That'll do wonders for the island's image, right?"

It is largely due to two tenacious bloggers, Rico Sorda (ricosorda.blogspot.com) and Neil McMurray (Voiceforchildren.blogspot.com) that Power's suspension has remained so high on the political agenda. Both complain that the JEP has failed to investigate what they see as the injustice of Power's treatment.
Senior politicians were also accused of putting Jersey's interests ahead of the vulnerable and abused. In a notorious 2008 speech to mark the island's liberation from the Nazis, Sir Philip Bailhache, then the island's bailiff, came under fire after he said : "All child abuse, wherever it happens, is scandalous, but it is the unjustified and remorseless denigration of Jersey and her people that is the real scandal."
Bailache, now an elected politician in the States of Jersey, was one of 19 MPs who on Tuesday voted against holding the "in camera" debate on whether Lewis as home affairs minister misled the States over Power's suspension. He is also known to have opposed the committee of inquiry soon to be set up to investigate how so many children being looked after by the Jersey authorities were abused.
Two years ago, a QC from the mainland, Brian Napier, was commissioned to produce an independent report into Power's ousting. He found no evidence of any conspiracy, but ruled that the suspension could not be justified by hard evidence.

In his report, Napier wrote: "Whatever view may now be taken of the substantive criticisms that have been made of Mr Power's conduct of the historic abuse inquiry, there was at the time a lack of hard evidence against him showing lack of competence in relation to the running of the historic abuse inquiry, the basis on which he was suspended on 12 November 2008 was in my view inadequate."
He added: "There were indications that Mr Power had not done his job well. But that is as far as it goes."
Napier found that at the time of the suspension meeting, Lewis had not read a key report later relied on to justify Power's ousting. The report, conducted by the Metropolitan police, was a standard critical appraisal, fairly common between police forces. It was never intended for any disciplinary use. And, as Napier noted, it was labelled "interim", carrying a warning that it was unfinished, that Harper had not yet been interviewed, and that views expressed in it could change when it was completed.

Napier suggested Lewis was wrong to suspend Power "without waiting for the results of a preliminary investigation into the facts in order to allow him to decide whether the matter was of the more serious kind or not."
What's more, Napier found that Lewis and colleagues were "actively preparing for suspension" some time before anyone on Jersey, let alone Lewis, had read the interim report: Warcup, Power's new deputy and anointed successor, only received it on 10 November, two days before Power was suspended.
Napier said: "It would appear that the administration was actively preparing for suspension some time before the interim report was sent to Mr Warcup on 10 November and that those responsible for making preparations for suspension, should the minister so decide, were making significant assumptions about what the Metropolitan police report would contain."

While accepting that mistakes were made in the inquiry, Power insists that had he ever been given a chance to appeal his suspension in a fair and impartial hearing, he would have "torn apart" the case against him. This week, Ian le Marquand, the current home affairs minister, said there was insufficient time to conclude such a complex hearing before Power retired in July 2010. While admitting the original suspension hearings were hasty, and that Power should have been given a proper hearing, Le Marquand maintained that sufficient grounds existed at the time for Power to be suspended. He argued that a report commissioned a long time after Power's original suspension –
written by the chief constable of the Wiltshire force – confirmed there were grounds for doubting Power's management.

Power is adamant he was targeted by an establishment riddled with conflicts of interest. "At the core of it all is the fact that as chief of police I was overseeing an investigation into serious child abuse in institutions run by the Jersey government which were themselves overseen by people who were still in positions of power within that government. In the midst of this I was suspended by the very government whose institutions were being investigated. You cannot get much more conflicted than that. It is not often that an organisation subject of a major criminal inquiry is able to suspend the police chief responsible for that enquiry. But in Jersey that happened."

It's an allegation Ian le Marquand refutes. "This simply does not stand up to any serious examination. The nature of the disciplinary complaints against Mr Power in relation to Haut de la Garenne is that he failed to exercise proper oversight over the deputy chief officer of police [Harper] who was acting as the senior investigating officer... By the time Mr Power was suspended he had had no role in relation to the investigation for some months. To therefore suggest that his original suspension had anything to do with his conduct of the investigation is simply untrue. In any eventuality there never was any evidence of criminal misconduct on the part of politicians or the government of Jersey in general."

"Bailhache Wants Independence? Banish Him To The Ecrehous!" :)

Jersey independence from the UK 'not government policy'

 
Senator Sir Philip Bailhache said Jersey should be ready for independence

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It is not government policy for Jersey to become independent from the United Kingdom, says Jersey's chief minister.
Its assistant chief minister said Jersey should be ready for independence after the UK government said it was cracking down on tax avoidance.
Senator Sir Philip Bailhache said relationships with the UK had been "strained" over the past five years.
Chief Minister Senator Ian Gorst said: "I struggle to think of the conditions that we would want to go independent."
He added: "The benefit to us of being a Crown dependency I think is very strong.
"It helps to underlie the stability we have politically and legally and it is certainly helpful for our finance industry because we have got this link into London and the markets."
'A little time' But Senator Bailhache said: "If Jersey was faced with a stance by the UK or the European Union which meant the finance industry was going to up sticks and leave the island, then that clearly would be an instance where we would have to consider very carefully where our best interests lay.
"We should be ready for independence if it was obvious that it was the right thing for the island to do."
UKIP MEP Nigel Farage said he sympathised with Senator Bailhache's concerns and that if regulation got too much Jersey would have to consider independence.
He said: "Please give us a little time. The political pressure in Europe is building up for us to have a referendum.
"If we left Europe then the pressures making Jersey think about independence would go away."
 

Jersey is bluffing: independence would ruin its tax haven status

Jersey's assistant chief minister has threatened to break with the UK, but the island's clients need the stability of that relationship
Jersey 'independence' call over tax
Philip Bailhache, seen here with the Queen in St Helier, Jersey, in 2001, has said 'Jersey is ready to become independent'. Photograph: Fiona Hanson/PA
In the wake of the Jimmy Carr tax avoidance scandal, Jersey's assistant chief minister, Philip Bailhache, threatened to rupture the tax haven's half-in, half-out relationship with the UK and go it alone. Jersey is "ready to become independent if it were necessary", he said.
Bailhache's threat is not new, and it is pure bluff: he merely wants to take the heat off a jurisdiction that has been caught red-handed, yet again, facilitating abusive tax schemes.
A bit of history helps put this in context. In 1972, Carl Gerstacker, chairman of the Dow Chemical Company, said he dreamed of buying an island "owned by no nation, and of establishing the world headquarters of the Dow company on the truly neutral ground of such an island, beholden to no nation or society". That same year, some American libertarians dumped a large pile of sand on a reef near Tonga in the South Pacific, proclaiming the Republic of Minerva as a tax haven with no taxes, and a society based on "rugged individualism", where "nothing will be illegal". Soon afterwards, the Tonga defence force tore down the Minerva flag and destroyed the sand platform.
Since then, several efforts have been made – usually led by white, male libertarians, gun nuts, drug-runners, Klansmen, arms dealers, mobsters, former CIA agents or ex-Nazis – to set up free-standing, self-governed tax havens in enclaves in the Bahamas, Costa Rica, the Azores, Haiti, Dominica, the Dominican Republic, Anguilla, Vanuatu, and even Libya.
Every attempt failed. What these adventurers did not understand is that successful tax havens are created, nurtured and protected by large, powerful nation-states and their rich and powerful elites, who wish to use these offshore zones to escape the rules, laws and taxes that they resent.
The world's financial actors come to Jersey because of the rock-like stability and predictability that stems from its umbilical relationship with the UK. While Britain's crown dependencies (such as Jersey) and overseas territories (such as the Cayman Islands) do have their own quasi-independent politics, their governors and some other officials are appointed by the Queen, Britain is responsible for their (supposedly) good governance and defence, and no laws can be passed in Jersey without final assent from the privy council in London. Has the Duke of Normandy – that is, our dear Queen – even been asked if Jersey may become independent?
If this reassuring bedrock were removed Jersey could still be a tax haven, but a more marginal one. When the Bahamas won full independence from Britain in 1973, its (then mostly criminal) financial sector decamped almost wholesale to the Cayman Islands, which remained a British overseas territory. If Jersey went it alone, its financial industry would be similarly devastated.
The people of Jersey wouldn't wear it either. Most Jerseyfolk want to be British. At a conference in Jersey in 2010 to discuss Jersey's constitutional options, there was, in the words of the Jersey Evening Post, a "total lack of participation by politicians" because "there is no groundswell of public opinion in favour of any kind of break with the status quo and no sign of any political momentum in that direction".
Statements like Bailhache's are not driven by Jersey's people, but by its financial sector – a sector with which Bailhache's family law firm has had a very profitable relationship over the years. If Jersey lost all the protections provided to it by the British establishment, it is likely that the seething and widespread corruption on the island – which I am not seeking to link to Bailhache – will be vulnerable to greater exposure.
Lenny Harper, an outsider appointed to be Jersey's deputy police chief until his retirement in 2008, gave a flavour of the small island's mouldy governance in an affidavit in 2009, following a high-profile child abuse investigation. "There are no checks and balances on power and the abuse of it," he wrote. "It was like nowhere else in the British Isles … this is obvious each time one tries to make a complaint against any member of the government … With such an absence of controls, such an absence of accountability, the ordinary decent people of Jersey are helpless."
The controversial former Jersey senator Stuart Syvret summarises clearly: "There is a kind of tatty credibility that clings to the public administration here, which comes from operating under the skirts of the establishment in London," he says. "If Jersey became independent as a quasi-banana republic in Europe, there would soon be serious doubts in the minds of offshore clients."

"Ozo The Bozo"

States pensions to be cut

 
 
Treasury Minister Philip Ozouf figures always wrong

FINAL-salary public-sector pensions could be scrapped to stop the Island’s pension bill running out of control, the Treasury Minister has revealed.

In a move that is likely to ignite tensions between States workers and ministers, Senator Philip Ozouf said it was imperative that Jersey tackled the issue.

He said that he was working closely with the Chief Minister and that they both favoured a career-average scheme which would cost the taxpayer less but would leave teachers, nurses, civil servants and others worse off when they retired.

Under the scheme, past contributions would still count towards a final-salary pension, but those made after any change along the lines being considered would go towards a career-average retirement payment.

"Lies - Lies - And More Damn Lies"

OZOUF: Unblocking Planning Critical



 Jersey's Treasury Minister insists he understands the importance of making the planning process work.

Senator Philip Ozouf, a former Planning Minister was the guest speaker at the monthly Chamber of Commerce lunch on Wednesday (27th).

He was responding to questions from guests who were concerned about the time it takes to pass a planning application.

Some said companies had to close due to how slow the process was, as it meant there was not enough work for them.

Senator Ozouf was at the lunch to discuss the Treasury's tax and spending plans.

He said, whilst he 'wasn't a magician', that Jersey has managed its finances well but he admitted there are big challenges ahead including the Health Department, which he said was 'desperately in need of investment'.

He added that two thirds of tax-payers money was spent on Social Security, Health and Education, Sport and Culture.

"Scum"

Two men sentenced for drug offences

Two men were sentenced for drug offences.

Jersey News from ITV Channel Television - maurico
Maurico Dos Santos, 27, from Madeira has been given 4 years for possession of a controlled drug with intent to supply.

Jersey News from ITV Channel Television - muhammad
Muhammed Liton Miah, 34, from Bangladesh has been given 5 and a half years for being concerned with and supplying a controlled drug.

Wednesday, 27 June 2012

"Chief Liar"

Jersey should be 'ready' for independence from the UK

 


"No legal system can tolerate a vacuum?"


Senator Sir Philip Bailhache said Jersey should be ready for independence

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Jersey should be ready to become independent from the UK, says the island's assistant chief minister.
Senator Sir Philip Bailhache's comments come after the UK government said it was cracking down on tax avoidance.
He said: "Independence is quite a long way down the road, but I do feel and I have been saying for quite a long time, that we should not close our eyes to this possibility."
He said Jersey needed to protect its economic interests.
It emerged last week more than 1,000 people, including comedian Jimmy Carr, were using the legal Jersey-based K2 scheme which sheltered £168m a year from the UK Treasury.
Sir Philip said Jersey had not been marketing itself as a tax haven nor a place where people can ignore their fiscal dues.
He said Jersey had signed a range of tax information exchange agreements with countries in the European Union and elsewhere to demonstrate it was a transparent jurisdiction.
Sir Philip said: "If Jersey was faced with a stance by the UK or the European Union which meant the finance industry was going to up sticks and leave the island, then that clearly would be an instance where we would have to consider very carefully where our best interests lay.
"We should be ready for independence if it was obvious that it was the right thing for the island to do."
The minister's comments appeared on the front page of the Guardian newspaper on Wednesday.
He told the newspaper that relationships with the UK had been "strained" over the past five years and Jersey's interests were not always aligned with those of Britain.
Sir Philip said Jersey's government was planning to open an office in London, and had opened a Channel Islands office with Guernsey in Brussels.

Bailhache comments spark attack on Jersey



COMMENTS from Jersey’s foreign minister featured on the front page of a national newspaper today have sparked fresh attacks on Jersey’s finance industry.

The Guardian article published under the headline ‘Jersey threatens to break from the UK’ repeats statements made locally in the past by Senator Sir Philip Bailhache that Jersey should be prepared for independence if it becomes in the Island’s interests.
Speaking to the JEP this morning Senator Bailhache said the article had been a fair representation of what he said when he met with the Guardian journalist a month ago, before the K2 scheme hit the headlines.


THE GUARDIAN

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2012/jun/26/jersey-threatens-independence-tax-backlash


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"Chief Issue Dodger"

Tax row challenge for Chief Minister



THE Chief Minister’s position on Jersey’s part in a multi-million pound tax dodge was exposed as being increasingly problematic yesterday as backbenchers turned on him in the States.

Days after saying that there was no place in Jersey for ‘aggressive tax avoidance’, Senator Ian Gorst faced a barrage of questions about why he appeared unwilling to act on his words.

And in the wake of UK Chancellor George Osborne’s comment that the K2 tax avoidance scheme used by comedian Jimmy Carr and others was ‘morally repugnant’, Deputy Trevor Pitman asked why Jersey could not have a ‘moral and ethical’ approach to tax.

Senator Gorst replied that it was ‘unhelpful’ to talk about tax in those terms and insisted that he had acted by reminding the finance industry of their responsibilities under international rules.

"And Speaking Of Halfwits!"

"All This Technology And They Still Can't Report The Truth"


"Tit-Bits & Halfwits"

Huge queue for Katie Price book signing



Tit-Bits :)
Halfwits!!!
The former glamour model turned best-selling author is here to sign copies of her new novel 'In the Name of Love'.

Horses have always been one of Katie's great passions but until now she has never used her vast knowledge of the equestrian world in any of her novels.

'In the Name of Love' features feisty sports presenter Charlie who falls for the irresistibly handsome Felipe Castillo, a brilliant rider who is the lynchpin of the Spanish Eventing team and tipped for a medal in the 2012 Olympics.

Charlie meets Felippe on a sun drenched beach in Barbados. Instantly attracted to each other, they have a passionate affair, until he walks out with no explanation. It is only then that Charlie discovers Felipe is one of Spain's top riders and related to the Spanish royal family.

However, not everyone is happy to see the two together: his disapproving mother for one, and the anonymous person that is waging a hate campaign against Charlie at work. And as the pressure on the couple mounts, a dark shadow from Charlie's past comes back to haunt her. Will Charlie be able to overcome her past in the name of love?

With sales of her books are now approaching 5 million copies, Katie Price is firmly established as one of Britain's best-selling authors. In addition to her autobiographies, Katie is the author of 7 published novels and is one of the UK's top selling women's fiction authors.

She writes in partnership with Rebecca Farnworth. The two of them have worked together since her first autobiography and every book has been a bestseller. Commenting on their partnership Katie said: "Real teamwork goes into the writing of my books and for the novels Rebecca and I have such fun working out the storylines together. It was really great writing IN THE NAME OF LOVE with her as it has a strong horsey theme and I loved putting my love and knowledge of the equestrian world into the storyline."

The signing is at 3.30pm at Waterstones in St Helier.

Monday, 25 June 2012

"Judicial Corruption Rumbles On In Jersey"

"Madness & Insanity In The Jersey Courts"


I think it would be very difficult for Barking Bill Bailhache to convince....
even his closest allies, that he has not got a screw loose.

'barking' Bill Bailhache
Cyril, myself, and a number of supporters turned up at the Royal Court this afternoon to witness
what can only be described as "Utter Malfeasance"

We had alleged in a blog posting on the 15th June that Cyril's trial tapes had been doctored.
What we didn't disclose is that we were pretty sure the two policemen giving evidence against Cyril, had lied in their statements and committed perjury at court!!!

Myself and Cyril drew up a document last night for Cyril to read out in court today containing his allegations and supporting evidence. This is below.






As you can see, these are two extremely serious allegations with the most profound consequences for the Jersey Judiciary, Police Force, and indeed, the entire 'alleged' Justice System.
If the Home Secretary or Justice Secretary got wind of this, and were not corrupted like the Jersey Authorities, it would be 'Goodnight Vienna' for grubby little Jersey.

What happened next was utterly astonishing.
Bill Bailhache started wading into Cyril with all sorts of tosh trying to defend his islands corruption. Cyril stood his ground and gave very reasoned answers to Bailhache.

Cyril reiterated that these most serious allegations must be looked into, but we knew Bailhache was going to have none of it.

After some argument from both sides, Bailhache adjourned to consider matters.
When he and his two side kicks returned, we sat through five minutes of the most
stunning horseshit ever to pass from the lips of a judge [sic].

Bailhache proceeded to explain that, 'even if' the two police officers had lied in their statements, and had indeed perjured themselves in court, what they had lied about would NOT have had any bearing on the outcome of the trial!!!!!

Then turning to the matter of the doctored trial tapes, Bailhache said that whatever we had alleged was missing from them "Was Irrelevant" and would not have any bearing on the outcome of the appeal!!!!!

The above two paragraphs are my recollections and are not verbatim,
but pretty damn accurate.

The ramifications are imponderable.

In a nutshell, our Deputy Bailiff, William Bailhache, is refusing to have these monumental crimes looked into, much preferring to march ahead with the prosecution of Cyril for a £30 parking ticket than to deal with the most prolific of Government corruption.

As Stuart says
"You just couldn't make this shit up!"




And now, A word from Cyril

Two cops lying, recordings with bits missing, a Magistrate (sic) who refuses to confirm her oath of office, an obstructive Greffier substitute, and a so called justice system accessible only by those who can read and understand old French legalese.

never mind eh!
yeah right, I will not comply with such bollocks (crown vs virgin {sex pistols}).



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"More Child Abuse Than First Thought?"

New claims of abuse at girls’ home



SIX women made complaints to the police during the historical child abuse inquiry about alleged abuse they suffered when children at the former Grouville Girls’ Home.

One of them, Jean Neil (formerly Parker)  has included details of alleged abuse she suffered while she was at the home between 1941 and 1951 in a book she has written.

She is among those seeking compensation from the States for what she allegedly suffered.

The police investigated the complaints, but say that there was insufficient evidence to mount a prosecution.

"Backward Jersey - Just The Way They Like It"

Jersey bankruptcy laws 'outdated' says Citizens Advice


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Bankruptcy laws in Jersey are outdated and need to change, according to the head of the Citizens Advice Bureau.
Malcolm Ferrey said more people had been coming to the bureau with debt problems or wanting help to understand Jersey's income support system.
Currently the Jersey law prevents people who do not have assets from being declared bankrupt.
The annual report for Citizens Advice said it had seen a 10% increase in people asking for their help.
It also estimated the average amount of debt for people contacting the bureau was £10,000.
Mr Ferrey believed the stress faced by many people in debt could have been avoided if better bankruptcy laws had been in place before the recession.
He said: "People do fall into that debt spiral, they can find themselves in a dark place where they are unable to see light at the end of the tunnel.
"I think at the very least we need to be able to give more people access to the bankruptcy system in Jersey if they need it and not be at the whim of the court to decide."

Sunday, 24 June 2012

"Beginning Of The End For Jersey Corruption"

"Cyril Getting Pumped Up 4 Justice"



Cyril is up for appeal in the Royal Court tomorrow at 2.15pm,
this is because of the utter criminality by the Oligarchy at his trial.

Anyone who can attend, your presence would be appreciated.

We will be exposing a whole host of corruption and unlawful shenanigans
with regard to this £30 parking ticket farce.

We know this is not about the ticket,
this is about exposing the festering ulcer that is 
"The Jersey Way"

It promises to be a hoot!
But not for the Jersey Authorities!!!

Saturday, 23 June 2012

"Alphonse Not Resting In Peace Without An Apology" :)

Alphonse family demand apology

Good Luck but

Don't hold ya breath now!!!

 

The late Alphonse Le Gastelois pictured at the Ecréhous
The late Alphonse Le Gastelois pictured at the Ecréhous

THE family of Alphonse Le Gastelois – the Jerseyman who fled to a remote offshore reef after being wrongly accused of appalling sex crimes against children – have called on the States to apologise for the terrible treatment he suffered.

Mr Le Gastelois, who died earlier this month aged 97, spent 15 years living alone on the Ecréhous after his name was mysteriously leaked as the chief suspect in the Beast of Jersey attacks in the early 1960s.

Despite being innocent, a community desperate for the attacker to be caught focused their anger, fear and revulsion on him.

Now the few surviving members of his family are leading calls for an apology and want a memorial to be placed on the reef which lies around six miles off the north-east coast.

Will and Val du Heaume, his next of kin and the couple who looked after him as his health failed, say that the States must acknowledge the wrong Mr Le Gastelois suffered.

"Sod The Real Crime - Corporate Policing Is The Way Forward"

Police choose new smaller breathalyser


Pc Andy Linsell with the breathaliser being phased out and the new model
Pc Andy Linsell with the breathaliser being phased out and the new model

POLICE officers on foot, pedal cycles and motorbikes will soon be issued with the latest mini breathalysers to help in the fight against drink-driving.

The States force has just been given the go-ahead by the Home Affairs Minister to buy the new smaller machines.

At the moment, only officers in cars carry breathalysers because the current model, which was introduced ten years ago, is so bulky.

In addition to more officers being able to carry the testers, the new machine is half the price of the old model and just as accurate.

Friday, 22 June 2012

"Bailhache Reaches For That Trusty Broom Again!!!"

Calls for fewer Members in the States

"Starting With Bailhache's Seat"

 

Too much history in this yard!!!
 
Reducing the number of States Members, dividing the Island into ‘super-constituencies’ and Sunday voting were among suggestions made by Islanders at a hearing into States reform yesterday.

In the first public hearing of the new Electoral Commission, chaired by Senator Sir Philip Bailhache, ex-politicians and members of the public expressed their views on how the States Assembly could be improved.

The commission, which has been asked to come up with a new way of working for the States, has received more than 120 written submissions and yesterday heard the views of nine people in the Town Hall.

Both former Senator Pierre Horsfall and former St Peter Deputy Robin Hacquoil said that there should be fewer Members in the States.

"Wham, Bang, Thank You Mam"

Jersey Senator Alan Breckon on bail for assault

Senator Alan Breckon  
Senator Breckon served as a deputy for 15 years before becoming a Senator
 
A Jersey politician charged with grave and criminal assault has been granted bail by the Magistrate's Court. 

Senator Alan Breckon, 59, of St Brelade is alleged to have assaulted Suzette Haze on the 31 March 2012 at his home.

Miss Haze, a former senatorial candidate, used to work with Senator Breckon at the Jersey consumer council where he was chairman.

His next court appearance is in two weeks when his case will be committed to the Royal Court.