Bail – no change…

…for the reason that Sheriff Fleetwood who’s been in charge of the case thus far announced he was standing down at this point. He didn’t exactly recuse himself but explained that as he is on the same ‘list’ of Sheriffs charged to cover a particular justicial area as Sheriff Buchanan, there could therefore be a conflict of interests. Again, Sheriff Fleetwood didn’t actually spell out Buchanan’s connection to the case but as we all know Buchanan is one of those named by Hollie as a former abuser.

Robert in Court Aberdeen Monday 15 December

Monday 15th December at the Sheriff Court Aberdeen (6 minutes’ walk from train & bus stations, top end of Union Street) was originally to be only an ‘Intermediate Review’ pending the trial proper on 21st January 2015 and as such Robert did not need attend it, indeed he would have been happy to avoid yet another costly journey to Aberdeen…

Tomorrow’s proceedings will however double as a renewed application for his stringent bail conditions to be lifted and he will therefore be attending in person. It goes without saying he would be delighted to see any friends who don’t live too far away who might manage to get to Aberdeen to support him but there is absolutely no pressure on anyone to be there; it will only be a very short hearing, this is very short notice, it’s wintertime and cold, people are very busy before Christmas, etc.

Scotland to have a CSA Inquiry too? (2)

https://www.holyrood.com/articles/news/decision-historic-child-abuse-inquiry-imminent

http://news.scotland.gov.uk/Speeches-Briefings/Michael-Russell-Ministerial-Statement-on-Child-protection-1238.aspx

http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/533487/Scotland-historic-sex-child-abuse-inquiry-plans

Yet another apology, to Lorna this time, for failing to get your call-to-action onto the blog in time but I trust some in the network received it via you and did as requested by writing to the Minister Mike Russell MSP ahead of his statement yesterday – have you, Neil or David had any reply to your own emails?

Frankly it would have been a miracle if the Minister had included Hollie in his address but we must keep battering away at him between now and Christmas. IT IS VITAL THAT LARGE NUMBERS PARTICIPATE IN THIS EXERCISE – here thanks to Lorna are our marching orders!

Scotland to have a CSA Inquiry too?

[Again, apologies to David and all for being slow off the mark in relaying these important exchanges to the blog, due to my having been abroad in past few days, would anyone like to volunteer as a co-webmaster to prevent these lapses??! Help please!!]

News from Scottish Labour

For immediate release.

Justice for Survivors of Child Abuse

Scottish Labour’s Spokesperson for Justice, Graeme Pearson, has called for justice for the survivors of Child Abuse in Scotland, saying:

“Theresa May has apologised this week to survivors for resignations relating to her Public Inquiry into historical child abuse.

The Scottish Justice System

This BBC documentary came out in March and somehow or other we missed posting it at the time but it’s a must-view! It focusses on the chronic corruption in the Scottish justice system and features in particular a veteran of Hollie’s cause, Stuart Usher - it was thanks to Stuart and his ‘Scotland Against Crooked Lawyers’ group that Robert first heard about Hollie and became involved in campaigning on her behalf.

Apologies for previously inserting wrong link – here’s the right one:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sAu3VUK2l0c&feature=youtu.be

 

 

 

 

 

 

Justice for Survivors of Child Abuse in Scotland

Thanks to David for forwarding this correspondence.

www.jennymarra.com   Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh, EH99 1SP

Tel: 0131 348 6427

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Tel: 01382 202584

News from Scottish Labour

For immediate release.

Justice for Survivors of Child Abuse

Scottish Labour’s Spokesperson for Justice, Graeme Pearson, has called for justice for the survivors of Child Abuse in Scotland, saying:

Theresa May has apologised this week to survivors for resignations relating to her Public Inquiry into historical child abuse.

Update on Melanie

Melanie got out of HMP Peterborough at 11.20 am Friday 17th October and was met by Brian Gerrish of UK Column who has been so tenacious in pursuing her case, and is undoubtedly more than a little responsible for her getting out on bail at long last.

He chauffeured her to a safe house in Plymouth, where she will stay until her 3-day trial on 28th October in Nottingham.

Declaration of support for ‘Prisoner of Conscience’ Melanie Shaw

Up till now this blog has focussed exclusively on the plight and continuing efforts of our two brave warriors for justice-for-Hollie and ‘prisoners of conscience’, Robert Green and Tim ‘Rusty’ Rustige. Rusty is now technically free, yet the issue for which he was locked up for 4 months earlier this year in Peterhead and Glasgow is by no means resolved.

Robert on the other hand, since being released from HMP Perth in May remains under house-arrest at his home in Warrington and with severe limitations on his activity pending his trial scheduled for 21st January 2015 at Aberdeen Sheriff Court.