Innocent Until Proven Guilty

Tue, 07/02/2012 - 18:00
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Innocent until proven guilty is a valued principle of our legal system. Yet it seems that John Terry, the England football captain, will be sacked by the Football Association. He has yet to have a trial on charges of racial abuse - that's not scheduled to take place till July 9. Yet it seems that Terry is to be punished before any trial.

The usual suspects in the media are trying to whip-up a hate campaign against Terry and pressure the F.A. The British National Party stands-up for our principles of Justice.

We say it is wrong to condemn a man before trial.

If sacked, he will be unable to captain the national team in the Euro 2012 finals in Poland and Ukraine although he may be allowed to play.

When Leeds United players Jonathan Woodgate and Lee Bowyer were accused of assault in 2003, they were suspended from the England squad.

The Leeds United players were both acquitted of committing grievous bodily harm, but found Woodgate guilty of affray. Woodgate was sentenced to 100 hours community service for taking part in the chase before the attack. The Judge ruled out a racial motivation.

So in that case Bowyer was effectively punished for a crime that a British jury decided he had not committed! Will history repeat itself in the Terry case?

The ancient doctrine of double jeopardy where prosecutors have just one go at proving the case against somebody has already gone. The Stephen Lawrence case was used to destroy that principle. Double jeopardy was part of a legal culture which firmly put the onus of proving cases onto the prosecutors. Now it seems that if you are accused of a "racial" offence such niceties no longer apply.

Now we see a man who may be punished after a media trial but before a court trial!

The British National Party cares about Justice. We are prepared to speak out if we see wrong being done. We are prepared to raise our voice if principles which help make our society civilised are sacrificed on the false altar of 'community relations'. Our principles of Justice are part of our culture. They have developed over centuries. Now we see them twisted or abandoned.

Help us to keep true to our principles. Help us warn our fellow citizens of the danger of losing our freedoms and rights.

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