On 1 June 2016 I obstructed the highway in Parliament Square, London, for a short time, as part of a protest against the police/CPS not prosecuting the people who perform Male Genital Mutilation, a crime under the Offences Against the Person Act 1861, being at least ABH, and almost certainly GBH with Intent. A video of the protests outside the Home Office and in Parliament Square is here. The start of the section in which I was in the road is at 5:37. A policeman moved me out of the road at 9:22, and again at 13:37. I was subsequently arrested and kept in solitary detention in a police cell until the scheduled end of the protest, some hours later.
The CPS/police prosecuted me for obstructing the public highway – ironically, given my protest in the highway had related to the CPS/police not prosecuting the real criminals, those carrying out MGM. I was convicted and fined at Hammersmith Magistrates’ Court, supporters generously covered my fine and CPS-related. A later appeal at Isleworth Crown Court was unsuccessful, but I have yet to pay the CPS costs for that hearing, because I appealed to the Royal Courts of Justice, in London. That hearing was held yesterday. My thanks to a number of supporters for joining me, including Tom for taking this video (2:08).
In the video I publicly declared for the first time my decision to launch a private prosecution of an unnamed doctor who performs circumcisions. This will take place next month.
I have drawn no personal income from J4MB income streams (party memberships, subscriptions, donations, merchandise sales etc.) since launching the party in 2013. I am personally liable to pay the CPS’s costs at the original appeal at Isleworth Crown Court (£580) and this latest appeal (£2,420), a total of £3,000.
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P.S. 63 minutes until the start of England’s next game, in the World Cup semi-final, against Croatia. If we win, that means England v France in the final. It’s coming home.