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(en) UK, Mark Barnsley - News Dec 2000

From "Tilly Cota" <Tilly@ukf.net>
Date Fri, 22 Dec 2000 03:40:03 -0500 (EST)


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> From: "Justice for Mark Barnsley" <barnsleycampaign@hotmail.com>
 Dear Friends,
 Below are a few developments you may be interested to hear about. Please
 feel free to publish/pass on this information.

 DECEMBER 2000. MARK BARNSLEY REJECTS PAROLE AS SEVENTH XMAS BEHIND BARS
APPROACHES.

 On the 8th of December Mark Barnsley was invited to apply for parole for
the
 second year running. Once more, Mark rejected the offer.  As he has stated
 previously:
 "I am an innocent man and freedom is my right, I am not prepared to
 compromise myself by submitting to any form of conditional release. If
that
 means spending extra years incarcerated in top security prisons, then it
is
 a price I am prepared to pay, albiet regretably. My life has been
completely
destroyed by the terrible injustice that I have suffered, all that I have
 left are my principles and integrity, and I am not prepared to compromise
 them by bending my knee to the parole board."


 MARK BARNSLEY CPS ACTION 19th DECEMBER

 Below is an anonymous statement recently received by the campaign.

 "Today (Tuesday, 19 Dec 2000), approximately 20 people entered the Crown
 Prosecution Services (CPS) offices in Sheffield in protest at the
continued
 imprisonment of Sheffield man Mark Barnsley, and the withholding of vital
 evidence from his defence.

 Entrance was gained easily by some smartly dressed people, and then
everyone
 else ran inside and up stairs to the upper offices.  The invasion and
 occupation caused a major disturbance and CPS workers were left with no
 uncertainty about the strength of feeling about this miscarriage of
justice.
   Leaflets were given to all the staff stating:  "The CPS have framed Mark
 Barnsley...they would like to think that he doesn't exist, but we won't
 forget... if they won't release the evidence then we will just go look for
 it ourselves".  Unfortunately the police station is next door to the CPS
 building, and the police arrived very quickly and people were ejected from
 the building.  A banner proclaiming "Free Mark Barnsley" was hung from
trees
 right outside the building so passers-by knew what was going on.  Local
 press were in attendance.

 In total 16 people were arrested, as some managed to get away.  They were
 held for up to 10 hours and all charged with "conspiracy to burgle, with
 intent".  They have been bailed to appear at Hull Magistrates (they cannot
 be prosecuted by Sheffield CPS!) on 9th January for what could be an
 interesting court case where all the CPS dirty laundry about all the
 evidence they have been withholding in Mark's case could be aired in
public!

 Mark Barnsley has been framed for a crime he did not commit, and has been
 wrongly sentenced to 12 years imprisonment.  He was framed because he was
a
 well known working class political activist.  For more information on his
 case please look at the website:
 www.appleonline.net/markbarnsley/mark.html.  An excellent pamphlet about
his
 case entitled "Beaten Up, Fitted Up, Locked Up" is available for £2 from
PO
 Box 381, Huddersfield, HD1 3XX.  This details all about the way that the
CPS
 and police framed him, and the evidence that has been hidden for years.

 Please, find out more about this campaign, and get involved in the fight
to
 free him."

 Whilst we don't have any more details about this latest action, we would
 like to add that you can help by sending letters and e-mails to British
Home
 Secretary,  Jack Straw expressing your support for Mark's struggle for
 justice and demanding that he personally see to it that Sheffield Crown
 Prosecution Service (CPS) hand over to Mark's lawyers the large quantity
of
 evidence which they have been unlawfully withholding since 1994. Please
 write to:

 Jack Straw Home Secretary
 50 Queen Anne's Gate
 London, SW1H 9AT
 England
 E-mail gen.ho@gtnet.gov.uk

 Please also write to your local newspapers to inform readers about Mark's
 fight for justice.
 Check out the campaign web site for further information and ways you can
 help. www.appleonline.net/markbarnsley/mark.html

 A big thanks for your continued support and all the best for the new year.


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