Spanish practices: a tale of continental law
THOUSANDS of British families have fled this once great and glorious land in search of a better way of life, all seeking a respite from the pressures of modem living and Tony Blair! This is the sought after antidote to relieve the pain from this overtaxed nanny state of crumbling services – our ageing relic of a country being pensioned off to Brussels to live out the rest of its natural life as a broken down annex of Northern Europe.
Spain beckons and the Costa del Sol with its 340 days of sun and long rolling beaches fits the bill perfectly and plays host to many of these modern day lotuseaters. Yes I admit it – I fell for this hook line and sinker. Selling up and moving to Marbella in 1998 was a break for freedom. Coming from Britain I found it strange that as a foreigner – even as a European – you had to register yourself with the police and obtain a tax number also from the police. Every necessary official piece of paper – and in Spain there are many – seemed to have something to do with the police.
One even stranger incident did make me wonder as to how much power the police had. One day I tried to obtain money from my Spanish bank account with my cash card only to have the card confiscated by the machine. I raced over to my bank to sort this matter out only to be told by the clerk that the police had frozen my account. What! Run that past me again! Yes the police had frozen my account over an unpaid speeding fine.
Fortunately, the fine had nothing to do with me but with the ncw owner of a car I’d sold some months ago. The new owner, a Spanish man, hadn’t registered the vehicle in his name, again with the police, and so I was the innocent bystander caught up in this imbroglio. How could the police have the power to embargo my bank account over a fifty pounds speeding fine and, worst of all, not even inform me about it? No wonder I started to worry.
In July 2001, I received a phone call at 6.30 in the evening. It was the police. “Senor Lees, your company is the managing agent for a property located cast of Marbella and we have some bad news for you.”
The phone call went on to say that the property in question had been under observation for a couple of weeks and that 2,500 kilos of cannabis resin had been found there in the garage. Two people of Moroccan origin had been arrested at the property and would I kindly call in at the police station tomorrow to help with enquiries?
Shocked at what I had just learned, I raced over to my Fuengirola office and found the paperwork. The following morning I drove over to the comisaria (police station) and as requested introduced myself and asked to speak to a member of Grupo UDYCCO – the Spanish equivalent of the Serious Crime Squad. Understandably, I was shocked and upset that this had happened and as a law abiding citizen who has never been in trouble with the police in his life, I was keen to help to clear this matter up.
I was shown into a small office. The door slammed shut behind me and I was met by three plain clothed and very aggressive police officers. One of them showed me a Polaroid snap of a wall of hessian sacks and proclaimed, in my face, that this haul of hashish was mine ‘and I would go to prison for a long time. For good measure, he spat in my face and racially abused me.
No one would listen when I was languishing in Malaga prison. They nearly killed me with the drugs they forced into my body and I nearly killed myself whilst on hunger strike. Nobody came to my rescue. Nobody cared about my human rights. Nobody picked me up when I was mentally broken. It took fifty weeks of my fighting to be heard before my case went to trial. Very lucky I was too because they could have kept me there for two years on remand and then asked for an extension of another year.
I sat in the dock and there was no evidence against me whatsoever. The Moroccans testified that they’d never seen me before in their lives and couldn’t understand who I was. The whole thing was a complete farce. Even the police were unsure why they had arrested me. I was a success in business and they didn’t like it. That was the real reason for putting me behind bars and they took it all away from me, all except my spirit.
People ask me if I will receive compensation? The answer is no. The reason is quite simple; Corpus Juris. Suspicion, arrest, investigation and then charge. That’s the way it is over there. There’s no stigma to being in prison. Every family has, or has had, at least one male member of the family put away.
This is the Napoleonic inquisitorial system that exists in Europe today and the system that they are trying to impose upon us in Britain.
They say that what happened to me could not happen here. Well wake up and take a look around you. Our freedoms are under attack as never before.
No one else should have to endure the agony and pain of what I went through for no reason at all. Therefore it is incumbent on us all to stand up, fight and speak out, not only to protect ourselves, but also to protect others.
Chris Lees is now back in the UK. He is a Lib. Dem. Councillor on South Gloucestershire Council. He is an entrepreneur and works with the lnternet and the motor trade. Chris also undertakes media work and is a writer and researcher: An accomplished after dinner and motivational speaker, he has many humorous anecdotes about his time in prison.
Proof of Corpus Juris at work in Britain, innocent Jean Charles de Menezes shot dead on the Stockwell tube on the orders of Cressida dick’s Corpus Juris ‘shoot to kill policy’.
A law-abiding, harmless young Brazilian, Jean Charles de Menezes, was working as an electrician in London, sending money home to parents in Brazil, and planned to return there next year with enough money to buy agricultural equipment for them. “He was a confident guy, full of life and liked nothing better than to go to the British Museum, the Imperial War Museum and the Natural History Museum, or go for a picnic in Richmond Park,” said a Brazilian friend. “He was a 100 per cent good guy,” said cousin Alex Alves Pereira.
Jean’s address, his dark hair, olive skin, and denim jacket, [which the police claim was a quilted jacket] all conspired to make him a target for deadly police suspicion. By the time he reached Stockwell tube station, it would seem, Scotland Yard’s Commander Cressida Dick, ‘Gold Command’ in charge of firearms, had given authority for him to be shot dead. Operation Kratos, the shoot-to-kill policy, [now known as ‘shoot-to kill-to-protect’ policy] was to be implemented. Cressida Dick is also a senior Common Purpose Leader.
Jean is alleged by police to have leapt over the ticket barrier at Stockwell tube station and to have sprinted down the escalator to the trains. Other witnesses claim, however, that he used his travel pass and entered the station like everyone else, running when he heard his train pulling in.
Whichever is the case, at some point, he realised that he was being pursued by at least three, grim-faced, muscular men, all of whom were armed, according to witness Lee Ruston, who also stated that at no time during the pursuit did the men identify themselves as police officers. Christopher Wells, coming out of the station as Jean entered, told the Daily Mail, “Behind him were loads of policemen all carrying weapons. There were at least 20 of them and they had big black guns.” Another witness, Mark Whitby, who was sitting in the carriage into which Jean ran, said, “As he got on the train, I looked at his face. He looked sort of left and right, but he basically looked like a cornered rabbit. He looked absolutely petrified.”
Jean was forced to the floor of the carriage, and held down by two policemen whilst a third emptied a Glock 17 9mm automatic pistol into the back of his head at point blank range, one of the eight bullets hitting Jean in the shoulder.
Still to this day not one of the Police officers involved in this tragic incident, has faced any form of prosecution for this Police State murder.
Welcome to the EU.
Blair has just signed a new EU treaty, which will include the transfer of JHA [Justice & Home Affairs] to Brussels, and will be ratified without a referendum. So Chris Lees’s Spanish nightmare will become a reality for British people in Britain too, unless we unite and put and end to this madness. Britain must leave the EU with immediate effect, if we are not with drawn Corpus Juris will come into full affect in Britain.
British Law: Habeas Corpus. Our Common Law, as far back as 1215 with Magna Carta, states that a citizen can only be judged by his peers (Section 39). These rights protect the individual against arbitrary conviction and imprisonment. Our Common Law recognises several vital rights to the citizen:
The right of Habeas Corpus (that the accused must be taken to a public court within a very short period of time, usually 24 hours, and the accusers must produce their evidence then and there)
The right to Trial by Jury at which jurors can in fact even disregard the law if they think it would give an unjust conviction. The jurors are thus ‘sovereign’.
If found innocent, the accused cannot be tried again on the same charge (‘double jeopardy’)
In other words our process is 1) suspicion,2) investigation, 3) arrest, 4) charge.
EU Law: Corpus Juris
one can be imprisoned for very long periods (weeks, months, occasionally years) without any evidence being produced against you.
No right to Trial by Jury as their system involves judgements being made by a career judiciary who are the judges and prosecutors and who are, to all intents and purposes, ‘colleagues’ (a quite separate body of lawyers makes the defence and are often treated as inferiors)
In most instances the accused can be tried a second time for the same offence, since the prosecution has the right of appeal against acquittal.
In Europe the sequence of events is 1) suspicion, 2) arrest, 3) investigation and 4) charge.
In other words the citizen can be arrested and imprisoned without anyone having to produce any evidence against him. There is therefore: No Habeas Corpus.
Starting to get the picture?
Corpus Juris means Body of Law. An EU criminal code that explicitly does away with trial by jury.
Corpus Juris would destroy the British Justice System, which has been the foundation of our freedoms since the time of Henry II.
Police will be able to make arrests without evidence, and the accused will be assumed to be GUILTY instead of innocent.
Among the more radical proposals of Corpus Juris are that of the EPP may request detention without trial for up to 6 months. Renewable for 3 months at a time without any maximum limit.
Britain’s ancient rights and liberties will be surrendered unless our government withdraw from the EU.
The way we are policed in Britain will take on a very sinister change, after the signing of the new EU treaty by Tony Blair. Chris lees and Jean Charles de Menezes treatment at the hands of Corpus Juris policies are just examples of how our lives will be threatened by being members of the EU. The time has come to demand the UK’s immediate removal, the time has come to stand and be counted.