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category mayo | environment | feature author Tuesday June 30, 2009 01:40author by Rudiger - Shell to Sea Report this post to the editors

Seven protestors remanded following bail hearings in Co. Mayo for protesting against Shell

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Judge leaving court after mocking presumption of innocence
Extract: One of the activists, Eoin Lawless, addressing the court following his remanding, stated that he believed he should be afforded the legal presumption of innocence before being proven guilty. Lawless was one of the activists arrested for merely crossing the road, and was leaving the area after being directed by a Public Order garda. Judge Devin's replied to Lawless' defence by inquiring, “Did you take up a law degree?” She then refused Lawless' defence argument, and remanded him to Castlerea.

This evening (Monday June 29th), Judge Mary Devins jailed seven Shell to Sea protesters at a special sitting of Ballina District Court. The seven protesters were arrested yesterday along with two others who were released on bail. The four women and three men who were jailed were remanded to appear at court this Friday, 3 July at 10:30 in the morning. The four women's cases will next be held in Court 44 in the Four Courts, while the three men's cases will be held in Harristown. Of the nine arrested yesterday, five were arrested for a lock-on, one for a climbing a tripod, and thee others for walking across a road. A full report on the circumstances of these arrests is available here

None of the protesters had previous convictions, yet they were refused normal bail conditions. The prosecuting garda sought to have all of the protesters remanded and Judge Devins agreed with the guard in all but two of the cases. The Judge predictably sided with the prosecution's argument that the activists were likely to re-offend, and some of the protesters, with overseas addresses, may not turn up for court. To date all Shell to Sea activists have showed up to court.

Judge Devins denied and/or deferred decisions on activists' legal aid, although it was evident that some of the protesters are not able to afford legal representation. Judge Devins said, “Legal aid can no longer be dished out like Smarties.” The two who were not remanded had to undertake an order to stay out of Co. Mayo and “not return to this county until the next court case.” The two who were allowed to leave were forced to pay the court €100.

In making these decisions Judge Devins has again clearly shown her disdain and bias against Shell to Sea protesters. Sending people to jail whose first offence is to be arrested for not obeying the directions of a guard is ridiculous and unprecedented. People up and down this country are arrested for this charge every weekend and do not end up in jail, so why are Shell to Sea cases special? If Judge Devins is really interested in saving money for the country by refusing legal aid, why is she wasting public money sending protesters to jail on minor public order offences? It seems that Judge Devins has seen the massive state repression going on down in Erris, and decided to get in on the act.

If you would like to send well wishes to the 7 in prison, please post them to the camp or email them to rossportsolidaritycamp@gmail.com
The camp address is Rossport Solidarity Camp, Glengad, Erris, Mayo.

Related Link: http://www.ShelltoSea.com

 #   Title   Author   Date 
   note date     Stevo    Tue Jun 30, 2009 00:13 
   You can jail the resister, you can't jail the resistance!     Ciaron O'Reilly    Tue Jun 30, 2009 00:35 
   Outrageous     Marc Spring    Tue Jun 30, 2009 00:55 
   love and courage     Chrissie    Tue Jun 30, 2009 09:08 
   Human Rights situation gets worse in Republic of Ireland, but better in United States     Lugh    Tue Jun 30, 2009 09:27 
   Appeal the bail conditions.     Tim    Tue Jun 30, 2009 10:21 
   Appeal against the lawfulness of the arrests I'd say     Bridget    Tue Jun 30, 2009 11:14 
   Unconstitional     Tim    Tue Jun 30, 2009 13:13 
   legal advice     Lionel Hutz    Tue Jun 30, 2009 13:38 
 10   Well miffed.     Cos    Tue Jun 30, 2009 14:58 
 11   Defendants Named     Bazooka Joe    Tue Jun 30, 2009 16:11 
 12   Accuracy     JB    Tue Jun 30, 2009 16:46 
 13   A change of profession is warranted     Seán Ryan    Tue Jun 30, 2009 16:53 
 14   write, ring, shout out loud     T.    Tue Jun 30, 2009 17:00 
 15   There was once upon a time a chief superintendent who lied about something...     FSB!    Tue Jun 30, 2009 17:24 
 16   The only law in Ireland is political law     old codger    Tue Jun 30, 2009 17:27 
 17   Who is directing Devins?     Northern Light    Tue Jun 30, 2009 17:58 
 18   To Lional Hutz at Tue Jun 30, 2009 13:38     Bridget    Tue Jun 30, 2009 18:18 
 19   letters of complain     cboots    Tue Jun 30, 2009 19:04 
 20   Very difficult     Realist    Tue Jun 30, 2009 19:17 
 21   Video?     Joe    Tue Jun 30, 2009 20:38 
 22   A big deal     Mise Tara 7    Tue Jun 30, 2009 21:46 
 23   Not hiring Lionel Hutz.     Tim    Tue Jun 30, 2009 22:40 
 24   check out     pragma s2s    Wed Jul 01, 2009 13:36 
 25   Berties Monkey     old codger    Wed Jul 01, 2009 15:44 
 26   Amnesty ICCL ?     John Kelly    Wed Jul 01, 2009 16:18 
 27   AI ICCL     DIY    Wed Jul 01, 2009 16:30 
 28   "Fundamental Principle.." Now lets hold them to it.     John Kelly    Wed Jul 01, 2009 16:36 
 29   To DIY ICCL Ph No 01 7994504     John Kelly    Wed Jul 01, 2009 16:44 
 30   Wife of Jimmy Devins has long and unsavoury history of such behaviour     Devins Watcher    Wed Jul 01, 2009 17:18 
 31   Special Court     Masie    Wed Jul 01, 2009 18:01 
 32   Devins the hypocrite     Billy idle    Wed Jul 01, 2009 18:39 
 33   Masie     xl    Wed Jul 01, 2009 18:54 
 34   news just in     h    Wed Jul 01, 2009 19:33 
 35   4 Women released on order of high court     Starstruck    Wed Jul 01, 2009 20:17 
 36   Stay out of Mayo??     Billy idle    Wed Jul 01, 2009 20:31 
 37   "Drunken" Government     Killian    Wed Jul 01, 2009 21:17 
 38   good report of bad news     lulu    Wed Jul 01, 2009 22:01 
 39   High Court overturns Devins bail refusal     Starstruck    Thu Jul 02, 2009 15:22 
 40   EU citizens right to travel in any EU country     old codger    Thu Jul 02, 2009 17:03 
 41   To refute the previous point     Starstruck    Thu Jul 02, 2009 20:56 
 42   Regional news - south west - France     La Rochelle    Thu Jul 02, 2009 21:30 
 43   strike support     chrissie    Thu Jul 02, 2009 23:06 
 44   '...the confrontational behaviour of a few...'     FSB!    Fri Jul 03, 2009 00:26 
 45   gurgle gurgle seize seize     FSB!    Fri Jul 03, 2009 00:46 
 46   fair critisism     shea    Fri Jul 03, 2009 02:25 
 47   SHell and endangered species     Billy idle    Fri Jul 03, 2009 09:45 
 48   Shell only care about profit not people, ask the people where shell m oved in and what shell did     Eamonn O'Coilea'im    Fri Jul 03, 2009 14:57 
 49   Shells gifts     old codger    Sat Jul 04, 2009 14:00 
 50   Bourke,s treason.     Margaret    Sat Jul 04, 2009 15:47 
 51   SOS for website adverts     James Kelly    Mon Jul 06, 2009 18:58 

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