Rank Injustice, Hypocrisy in the UK – The Case of Ben Stimson and Chris Garrett

I’ve written, and made about this case extensively, and for some time. Now, with the imprisonment of Ben Stimson, and media exposure of that, it’s come to wider attention –

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4697734/Benjamin-Stimson-joined-pro-Russian-militia-jailed.html

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/british-man-pro-russian-forces-ukraine-jailed-terrorism-benjamin-stimson-a7842521.html

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-manchester-40612229

Interesting that here, the BBC didn’t mention one of the key reasons Ben was sent down, was the BBC’s framing of him – 

And in the BBC article, this quote –

Det Ch Supt Russ Jackson, head of the North West Counter-Terrorism Unit, said: “The images of him holding a rifle and wearing military clothing are deeply concerning.

“He has been jailed for the role he played in a violent conflict and I hope his conviction will send a message to all those who are even considering joining conflicts.”

‘Deeply concerning’. It’s interesting that no-one in UK authority finds Chris Garrett, from the Isle of Man, and his actions in the Ukraine conflict ‘deeply concerning’. Chris, joining a neo-Nazi battalion, and killing in its name, troubles no one in British officialdom. 

So, while Ben is now doing over 5 years in Strangeways prison, for, as even the police admit, effectively just posing with a weapon. Chris is over on Ukrainian territory, doing much more than posing with weapons. The fates of the 2 men contrast sharply –

It’s quite a staggering move by the UK. And here’s what it means – 

* The UK government views the Euromaidan-coup installed regime in Ukraine as so legitimate that it’s willing to take the extraordinary move of jailing a British man for effectively being an activist against it – taking no part in active conflict, as Ben did not.

* A man, in the case of Ben Stimson, effectively just posing with a gun – and actually Ben originally wanted to do humanitarian work in Donbass – is worse than a man, Chris Garrett (pictured), killing for a neo-Nazi battalion in Donbass.

* The BBC and the UK government can work in partnership to stitch up a British national, that can be exposed, and none of the British media will mention it.

It’s shocking hypocrisy, incredible injustice. And, I’m ashamed to admit, it’s the UK. 

7 thoughts on “Rank Injustice, Hypocrisy in the UK – The Case of Ben Stimson and Chris Garrett”

  1. As much as I myself dislike the BBC the problem here lies not with BBC but with the Police and the CPS. It looks like that any exaggerations made by the BBC or with their encouragement were not taking into account during sentencing and in any case a wider question is whether if the exaggerations were true would they constitute violation of UK law. The UK government has chosen to recognise the fascist government in Kiev and using Chris Garrett – the miscreant fighting in pro-Nazi battalion is not sufficient. More appropriate cases would be those where UK has given asylum to anti-Russian terrorists in connection with Chechnya conflict (and let CPS argue that they do not recognise legitimacy of Russian government and Russian sovereignty over Chechnya – tantamount to declaring war!) or those fighting against the Government in Syria or then Governments of Iraq, Lybia or Serbia. The comments in Dailymail/Independent articles clearly show that people of this country do think it is an absurd, politically motivated prosecution and it is so regrettable that he chose to plead guilty rather than fight it in a jury trial. I think a 12:0 verdict would be extremely unlikely and even 11:1 verdict in a case so fundamental where the issues in question are not the fact of the case but whether they constitute the most grave offence on the books would be quite unacceptable. If he was found not guilty it would be quite right to call for prosecution of the Police and CPS officials for misconduct in public office (for bringing politically motivated malicious prosecution). There was a public outrage when anti-terror investigatory powers were used to prosecute parents for trying to get their children into the best/most convenient school. Imagine what outrage there would be if it could argued that the government trivializes terrorism by maliciously prosecuting political opponents for “terror” offences. But he pleaded guilty, so the book is shut and the only course of action is to demand that anti-government thugs coming back from Syria are also prosecuted as well as many others that participated in wars against governments worldwide.

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