Bloggers Under Siege — Craig Murray Charged with Contempt of Court [UPDATE : Please Sign the Open Letter]

“I know who leaked them [Hillary Clinton’s email]. I’ve met the person who leaked them, and they are certainly not Russian and it’s an insider. It’s a leak, not a hack; the two are different things.”

“I can affirm that the FCO and MI6 knew that al-Megrahi was not the Lockerbie bomber.”

“Philip Cross has edited every single day from 29 August 2013 to 14 May 2018. Including five Christmas Days. That’s 1,721 consecutive days of editing. 133,612 edits to Wikipedia.”

Former UK Ambassador Craig Murray

“I should be grateful if you would join Noam Chomsky, Yanis Varoufakis, David Hare, Roger Waters, Robert Black, Kristinn Hrnafsson, Christine Assange and many others in signing the open letter against the politically motivated legal harassment of people including Mark Hirst and myself.

I am not asking you to endorse our political views; I am asking you to support free speech and oppose this rather startling authoritarianism and highly selective prosecution.”

Craig Murray (June 1 2020)

Craig Murray was British Ambassador to Uzbekistan from 2002 to 2004.

April 27 2020 — Former UK Ambassador Craig Murray  — a well known and very popular blogger — has been charged with contempt of court and the hearing is set on July 7 2020 at the High Court in Edinburgh. We live in dark times when Truth is under attack. Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_TODAY

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UPDATE (June 2 2020) — A joint open letter has been sent to the Lord Advocate following the arrests and charging of two Scottish journalists.

The letter has been signed by prominent international figures from the fields of academia, law, journalism, politics, diplomacy, the former intelligence community, artists and musicians as well as activists.

“Among the signatories to the letter are Professor Noam Chomsky, Yanis Varaofakis (the former Greek Finance Minister), Kristinn Hrnaffson (Editor-in-Chief of Wikileaks), Lawrence B. Wilkerson (a former US Chief-of-Staff at the US State Department), as well as other prominent individuals from a range of backgrounds.”

Here is the letter:

The Lord Advocate Mr Walter James Wolffe QC

Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Office

25 Chambers Street,

Edinburgh EH1 1LA

31st May 2020

Dear Mr Wolffe,

We are writing to you to express our growing concern over the actions of both the Crown Office and Police Scotland.

In recent weeks vocal independence supporters and backers of the former First Minister Alex Salmond, specifically the former UK diplomat, human rights campaigner and journalist Craig Murray along with fellow journalist Mark Hirst, have been arrested and charged in relation to comments they made publicly during and following the trial of Mr Salmond. Other supporters of Mr Salmond have also been contacted by police and warned over online comments they made in the wake of the trial.

We are particularly concerned to note that the investigating police officers are the same detectives who led the investigation against Mr Salmond over a period of two years and at considerable cost to the public purse. As you know, the prosecution following from that investigation, pursued again at considerable cost to the public purse, resulted in the acquittal of Mr Salmond on all charges and now raises the most serious questions about why that investigation and that prosecution were pursued.

Whilst we appreciate that you cannot be involved in individual cases you will undoubtedly be aware that complaints of alleged Contempt of Court were made against six other individual journalists widely regarded as being hostile in their reporting of Mr Salmond. No action by the Crown Office or Police Scotland has been taken against any of those individuals. This leaves the distinct impression that Police Scotland, at the direction of the Crown Office, are acting in a manner that is both biased and disproportionate.

As you will be aware, for public confidence to be maintained in our independent legal system the law must be able to both demonstrate it is acting impartially and be seen to be doing so. The actions taken so far risk establishing a public perception that both Police Scotland and the Crown Office are conducting themselves in a manner which is biased and is indeed political in nature. Such perceptions risk seriously damaging confidence in the Scottish legal system.

We would welcome your fullest public response to the concerns raised in this letter and any meaningful public assurances you can offer that both Police Scotland and the Crown Office are complying with their obligations to act with complete impartiality and to apply the law fairly.

I encourage all of you to sign this letter.

Please never forget that there is “no crueler tyranny than that which is perpetuated under the shield of law and in the name of justice.”

END of UPDATE

The contempt charge falls in two categories:

i) Material published before the trial liable to prejudice a jury

ii) Material published which could assist “jigsaw identification” of the failed accusers.

Frankly, it is rather obvious that neither of these charges is the true motive of the Crown Office.

From Lockerbie to the Russia Hoax, Murray has of course upset people in high-places, including some who work for Intelligence Agencies.

This indictment is the basis on which they are attempting to put Murray in prison.

The indictment specifies up to two years in jail and an unlimited fine as the punishment sought from the court.

“The state believes it has finally discovered a way to put me in prison without the inconvenient hurdle of a jury of my peers.

Contempt of Court is just decided by a judge.

It is extraordinary that you can go to jail for a substantial two years with no jury protection and no test of “beyond reasonable doubt”; and on the whim of a judge defending what he may view as the dignity of his own office.

This really is the epitome of bad law. To use it against freedom of speech is disgusting.”

In less than 24 hours, more than two thousand people have given a bit of money to fund Craig Murray’s defence.

Some of these donations came from a few long term political opponents, who are appalled by this attack on freedom of speech, as well as several senior lawyers.

We live in dark times. But Truth will always win. Because Truth never dies.

PS — Because of these charges, it is unlikely that Murray will be able to blog about the upcoming Lockerbie (pseudo) trial. Just a timing coincidence? Could this be the true motive of the Crown Office.

Former British Diplomat Craig Murray Barred From Entering The US

REFERENCES

Craig Murray Defence Fund Launched — Craig Murray website

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Bloggers Under Siege — Craig Murray Charged with Contempt of Court

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