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Maurice Kirk: Human Rights for a Prisoner on Remand in HMP Cardiff?

22 Oct

From: https://mauricejohnkirk.wordpress.com/2011/10/21/human-rights-for-a-prisoner-on-remand-in-hmp-cardiff/

What are human rights for when they get ignored?

Human Rights activist Norman Scarth faxed an admirable document to the Prison Governor.

What are laws for when they are not being complied to?

It’s like patents: you buy yourself the right to defend yourself AFTER you’ve been cheated.

And thus Maurice is suffering refusals of normal requests on top of not being cared for his health problems. Details on his site.

Norman Scarth’s admirable document:

From: Mr. N. Scarth, Associate of the Article 6 Group.

To: Mr. Richard Booty, Governor, HMP Cardiff (Tel: 02920 923 100. Fax: 02920 923 318):

Dear Governor Booty,

We ask that you ensure this document reaches Mr. Maurice Kirk (held captive in your establishment) without delay.

IT IS NO EXAGGERATION TO SAY IT COULD BE A MATTER OF LIFE OR DEATH.

Mr. Kirk,

We understand you are not eating, & have lost 11 kilograms in weight since your incarceration. It is a common misconception that as you are not eating, there will be no food in your alimentary tract. This is not so. With no incoming food, that which is already in the tract remains static, becoming progressively firmer. It can become impacted, with serious consequences.

Like you, I have some veterinary knowledge, & have had to deal with newly born foals who often suffer from this condition (liquid paraffin often worked with them, linseed oil with older animals).

WE URGE YOU TO TAKE A SUFFICIENT AMOUNT OF SOME LUBRICANT – BUTTER, MARGARINE OR SUCH LIKE.

Back to The Governor.

Mr. Booty,

You must be aware that Mr. Kirk is suffering unbelievable persecution from what PURPORT to be the ‘Forces of Law & Order’(acting for the most ulterior motives).

“Nothing to do with me” you may well say, “I just do as Ordered by the Judiciary”. I remind you that the Nuremberg Trials brought a ruling that ‘Obeying Orders’ was no defence for acting against humanity. Prisons are not ‘Holiday Camps’ as we are constantly told by the Press. As you may well know, Martin Narey, one-time head of the Prison Service told of “A litany of failure & moral neglect” in “Hell Hole prisons” Fn1 . On TV on 22 July(?) 2001 General Sir David Ramsbotham (now Lord Ramsbotham) spoke of ‘barbaric prison guards” (he had just been sacked from his position as HM Chief Inspector of Prisons).

I sincerely hope that your establishment is not such a place, & that you will show your own humanity in this matter.

You & the Prison Doctor have authority to release Mr. Kirk on humanitarian grounds (at the time of the Suffragettes, there was what became known as ‘The Cat & Mouse Act’, whereby the starving women were released, but then incarcerated again after they had recovered strength).

As this telephone does not receive incoming faxes, we would be grateful if you would reply by email to enscarth@hotmail.com

Yours faithfully,

Norman Scarth, Associate of The Article 6 Group, 36 Anvil Court Chambers, BRADFORD BD8 7QW Tel: (01274) 541 213. Email: enscarth@hotmail.com

PS: David Wilson one-time Prison Governor, now a Professor of Criminology at Birmingham University, expressed the view of many that prisons are a very expensive, but quite ineffective way of dealing with crime. Apart from which, Mr. Kirk is definitely NOT a criminal. His treatment is attracting attention from abroad: Britain should look at herself before expressing outrage at Human Rights abuses in far off lands

NS.

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