Wednesday, April 25, 2007

EU Corpus Juris – the nightmare begins

Cranmer has been sent a harrowing account, in advance of publication, of continental policing methods. Read this and consider that the fascist philosophy upon which this mode of ‘justice’ is constructed is soon to be EU-wide, manifest as Corpus Juris. British citizens will languish in jail for years without trial or protection, and completely out of reach of the British Government.

Chris Lees decided to leave the UK in search of a better way of life. Spain beckoned, and the Costa del Sol with its 340 days of sun and long rolling beaches fitted the bill perfectly. He sold his house and moved to Marbella in 1998. He continues:

Coming from Britain I found it strange that as a foreigner - even as a European – you had to register yourself with the police and obtain a tax number also from the police. Every necessary official piece of paper - and in Spain there are many – seemed to have something to do with the police.

One even stranger incident did make me wonder as to how much power the police had. One day I tried to obtain money from my Spanish bank account with my cash card only to have the card confiscated by the machine. I raced over to my bank to sort this matter out only to be told by the clerk that the police had frozen my account. What! Run that past me again! Yes the police had frozen my account over an unpaid speeding fine. Fortunately, the fine had nothing to do with me but with the owner of a car I'd sold some months ago. The new owner, a Spanish man, hadn't registered the vehicle in his name, again with the police, and so I was the innocent bystander caught up in this imbroglio. How could the police have the power to embargo my bank account over a fifty pounds speeding fine and, worst of all, not even inform me about it? No wonder I started to worry.

In July 2001, I received a phone call at 6.30 in the evening. It was the police. "Senor Lees, your company is the managing agent for a property located cast of Marbella and we have some bad news for you."

The phone call went on to say that the property in question had been under observation for a couple of weeks and that 2,500 kilos of cannabis resin had been found there in the garage. Two people of Moroccan origin had been arrested at the property and would I kindly call in at the police station tomorrow to help with enquiries?

Shocked at what I had just learned, I raced over to my Fuengirola office and found the paperwork. The following morning I drove over to the comisaria (police station) and as requested introduced myself and asked to speak to a member of Grupo UDYCCO – the Spanish equivalent of the Serious Crime Squad. Understandably, I was shocked and upset that this had happened and as a law abiding citizen who has never been in trouble with the police in his life, I was keen to help to clear this matter up.

I was shown into a small office. The door slammed shut behind me and I was met by three plain clothed and very aggressive police officers. One of them showed me a Polaroid snap of a wall of hessian sacks and proclaimed, in my face, that this haul of hashish was mine 'and I would go to prison for a long time. For good measure, he spat in my face and racially abused me.

No one would listen when I was languishing in Malaga prison. They nearly killed me with the drugs they forced into my body and I nearly killed myself whilst on hunger strike. Nobody came to my rescue. Nobody cared about my human rights. Nobody picked me up when I was mentally broken. It took fifty weeks of my fighting to be heard before my case went to trial. Very lucky I was too because they could have kept me there for two years on remand and then asked for an extension of another year.

I sat in the dock and there was no evidence against me whatsoever. The Moroccans testified that they'd never seen me before in their lives and couldn't understand who I was. The whole thing was a complete farce. Even the police were unsure why they had arrested me. I was a success in business and they didn't like it. That was the real reason for putting me behind bars and they took it all away from me, all except my spirit.

People ask me if I will receive compensation? The answer is no. The reason is quite simple; Corpus Juris. Suspicion, arrest, investigation and then charge. That's the way it is over there. There's no stigma to being in prison. Every family has, or has had, at least one male member of the family put away.

This is the Napoleonic inquisitorial system that exists in Europe today and the system that they are trying to impose upon us in Britain.

They say that what happened to me could not happen here. Well wake up and take a look around you. Our freedoms are under attack as never before.

No one else should have to endure the agony and pain of what I went through for no reason at all. Therefore it is incumbent on us all to stand up, fight and speak out, not only to protect ourselves, but also to protect others.

Cranmer has nothing to add, except, perhaps, to ask the question ‘why?’. Why is the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland supplanting a tried-and-tested system of law and traditions of justice which have endured for 800 years? Why are we depriving ourselves of one of the greatest gifts we have given to the civilised world? Why are we abandoning our liberties and embracing the shackles of a foreign power?

And since this is manifestly not at the behest of the people, why are those who govern us seeking to abjure those very laws and customs which Her Majesty swore in her Coronation Oath to uphold?


Blogger Tony said...

There have been many straws sufficient to break the camel's back when it comes to the EU. This is more than a straw.

It is more urgent than ever before that we disentangle this country from the EU's political structures. We wanted trade with Europe to be free. Instead we are sleepwalking into a nightmare where we ourselves are not free.

This issue is not about xenophobia or being a little Englander. This is about civil liberties, democracy and justice.

25 April 2007 at 12:08  
Blogger Little Black Sambo said...

At some point the Queen ought to put a spanner in the works - which I think she ought to have done already when it was clear where we were heading: simply refuse to sign something. The resulting "constitutional crisis" (not that Blair & co care at all about the Constitution) might clear the air and polarize political and public opinion in a useful way. If Blair, Cameron & co. read Chris Lees's story would it alter their opinion ONE IOTA? Are our governors POSSESSED? (And are the Tories going to scrap the National Identity Register? (I don't mean the cards.) I can't get a straight answer out of them. Does anybody know?

25 April 2007 at 12:10  
Anonymous Voyager said...

The English made a big mistake, one which the Chartists tried to correct. They wanted Annual Parliaments at a time when Parliaments were elected for 7 years - it came down to 5 year terms with the 1911 Parliament Act.

So long as Parliament ran with independently wealthy MPs with businesses or land and were not beholden to party, esential liberties could be preserved by the bloody-minded tendency.

The emergence of mass-politics however changed that - DORA was the First World War Emergency Powers Act; 1939 brought another one with direction of labour and control of everyday lives.

Parliament survived the War with enormous powers tempered with occasional setbacks over Crichel Down and Hola Camp, examples so few as to be made out to be unique examples.

Exchange controls continued for 40 years; Steel was nationalised - denationalised -renationalised-privatised; the public endured Decimalisation, repeal of the Death Penalty; Abortion Laws; all without plebiscite.

The only referendum took place because the Labour Party was split over the EU terms negotiated by Heath and both Wilson and Thatcher set out to renegotiate them.

The Public was sidelined - Redcliffe-Maud took away Local Government; Police were regionalised; Maastricht was agreed .....and the public watched bribed with another credit boom to keep away from political issues.

Parliament is the fulcrum. If Cromwell and Pym and Hampden took power from The King to Parliament; the era of mass parties has given Parliament lordship over the public even to the point of delivering it to foreign control just as effectively as the King of the Belgians unilaterally surrendered in May 1940 without telling his French and British Allies but exposing them to destruction

25 April 2007 at 14:16  
Anonymous The Clarendon Code said...

Today is the birthday of The Lord Protector Oliver Cromwell, born this day in 1599......if only he would return !

25 April 2007 at 16:35  
Anonymous The recusant said...

The return of Cromwell, no thank you if its all the same I'll give him a miss.

25 April 2007 at 18:52  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What our friend in Spain should have done was leave his bank account in London with Citibank or HSBC or RBS and conduct it in Euros....that would hinder the Spanish police in freezing an account. I cannot understand why any businessman would not keep his Euro account in London or offshore

25 April 2007 at 19:13  
Blogger Cato, author of said...

This is indeed a shocking tale, Your Grace, although I'm not quite sure that the poor victim states entirely correctly the reason for his woes: "Corpus Juris". That Latin phrase means only "the body of law". In a Roman Law context, for instance, it refers to the Corpus Juris Civilis, that body of Roman Laws collated by the Emperor Justinian. So, I'm not quite sure what is meant here by 'corpus juris' being the origin of this individual's woes. If anything, it seems to be specific laws which were the problem (i.e. those allowing the police to freeze his bank account, and so forth), rather than the whole body of laws (unless he is suggesting that every single Spanish law is unjust?).

(As for the clarendon code's suggestion that we need to bring back that regicide Oliver Cromwell, I shall restrain any comment on that most vile and pitiable man for fear of being un-Christian in my remarks)

25 April 2007 at 21:01  
Blogger Cato, author of said...

P.S. to my last comment - actually, maybe I was a little quick to condemn the corpus juris point: I suppose the point being made is that it is the likely EU 'body of (criminal) law', modelled on the far less desirable continental systems, with which we may get saddled which Your Grace is concerned at. I would certainly share that worry. The idea that a policeman from France of Spain, for instance, will be able to arrest British citizens on British soil (which I believe is about to be introduced) is utterly shocking. We ought to rush to anyone's aid if arrested on our streets by foreign police.

25 April 2007 at 21:07  
Anonymous Voyager said...

I thought the Extradition Treaty with the US merely (I use that word advisedly) extends to the USA the rights of the EU Arrest Warrant

25 April 2007 at 22:27  
Blogger grimmy said...

One comment here, apart from shocking, would be that Spain has a history of being a police state. It may be a democracy now, but it was a dictatorship not so long ago.

Remember other EU countries have much greater levels of freedom- Netherlands, Sweden spring to mind straightaway. So maybe the EU will raise rather than lower the bar in Spain

3 May 2007 at 16:55  
Anonymous Torquil Dick-Erikson said...

"Corpus Juris" is the name that the EU has given to its plan for a single criminal code for all Europe.
I am amazed at the fact that in Britain so few people are aware of it even today 10 years after it was published. It is to be based entirely on the continental inquisitorial method and will do away with our safeguards like Habeas Corpus, Trial by Independent Jury, etc. Chris Lees used the term "Corpus Juris" loosely, meaning those features of the Spanish system which are common throughout continental Europe and have been put together in the Commission's plan for a single unified system which will be imposed also on Britain despite the fact that our system is utterly different.

N.B. The EU has also prepared a single pan-EU body of armed, paramilitary riot police, called European Gendarmerie Force, who are already stationed in Vicenza, Italy. They will quell any protest by the population against rule from Brussels. You can see pictures of them drilling and practising their street-fighting tactics on their own official website (this site doesn't accept a web-address in the text so I have given it as my own site. Click on my name below to see it).
This shows also how the continental tradition of policing is also utterly alien to us and yet will also be imposed on us.

Both the Corpus Juris inquisitorial style of "justice" and the EuroGendarmerie will be appplied as soon as Brussels gets control of the area of Justice and Home Affairs, which is still a national prerogative.
Last year Commissioner Frattini demanded (in vain) for the member states to give up their right of veto in this area. This year (actually next month) however Blair will sign up to a new treaty, which - however much it is whittled down (compared to the EU Constitution Treaty)- will have to include the transfer of JHA to Brussels. For that is the heart of State power, the power to put people in prison.
That is when the real nightmare for us will begin.

5 May 2007 at 17:50  
Anonymous Torquil Dick-Erikson said...

The web address of the European Gendarmerie is
www dot eurogendfor dot org

5 May 2007 at 17:54  
Blogger Cranmer said...

Mr Dick-Erikson,

You are most welcome to His Grace's august blog of intelligent and erudite comment upon matters religio-political. Having read much of your writing, he is most appreciative of your contribution and particular expertise in this area.

His Grace is planning a post on the EU's Gendarmerie, and it will appear soon.

5 May 2007 at 18:42  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To all those indoctrinated asshole 'useful fools' who vote McLabour and are pro EUSSR.....get used to (along with the rest of us), amongst other things....

Being guilty until proven innocent.

Being detained indefinitely without charge or evidence.

No right to trial by jury.

Freedom by "licence", no longer will you be free to do things that are not illegal, you must have a permission slip to first do something, say farewell to the English system of being free to do anything (without 'permission') that isnt deemed illegal, you can only do things that you have been given explicit "permission" to do, your EUSSR masters will very kindly give you a list of the things they have very kindly 'let you do.


22 October 2007 at 13:30  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

everyone is banging on about the EUSSR/USSR, well this is a smoke screen. check out who in the Labour party have attended a Bilderburger Conference, their reason for being there (invitation only) then explain what is the sole pupose of the Biderburgers! look it up, and as they say prepare to be frightened.

24 March 2009 at 19:50  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

'Suspicion, arrest, investigation and then charge.'

This sequence, completely at odds with the British legal system, has been with us for some time now. Barely a week goes by that somebody isn't arrested and questioned on suspicion of the murder of a family member, only for 'subsequent' (preliminary) investigation to reveal that no foul play was involved. I'm sure we'd all agree that the best way to deal with the grief of losing a child, for instance, is to spend the first 24 hours or so under aggressive police interrogation accused of their murder.

A high profile example of this is the arrest of TV presenter Mark Speight following the death of his partner in Jan 2008. Despite the best efforts of the police to offer sensitive councelling at this difficult time, Mark went on to take his own life 4 months later. Nobody can know how big a part the arrest played in this tragic outcome, but it must surely be considered as possibly a major factor by all but our police forces nationally - who continue to arrest grieving loved ones before any investigation has begun.

30 March 2009 at 07:19  

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