26 October 2002. Thanks to J.
From: Tim Gopsill [SMTP:TimG@nuj.org.uk] Sent: 24 October 2002 17:20 To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: shayler note On Monday Oct 28 at 9.30 am the place to be is outside the Old Bailey. That morning the trial of David Shayler finally starts. There has been unreported legal wrangling going on for two weeks over state applications for parts of the trial to be held in camera and for four MI5 witnesses to be anonymous. These applications, in PII certificates, were granted by the judge. Shayler appealed against them and lost. But the judge imposed a ban on reporting any of these proceedings, on the grounds that it would prejudice the trial proper when it started. That's why no-one knows about this. (I've been in court some of the time.) It is a massive cover-up. Shayler's case is against the incompetence and corruption of the security services and they are desperate to cover it up. The CPBF and the NUJ have supported David all along. He needs it. All legal attempts to ameliorate the severity of the charges against him (six years in jail) have now failed and, officially, he has NO LEGAL DEFENCE. His defence of justification, the public interest, the necessity to expose wrong-doing etc, has already been struck out by the courts. He is defending himself, because ,he says, his lawyers cannot do so because according to the law they have no case to argue. There will be a picket in David's support outside the Old Bailey. The NUJ has made some placards. David's supporters are gathering in the Magpie and Stump boozer opposite the courthouse at 9.30am. Please come if you can. ends.