Category Archives: Public Interest Advocacy

OPEN LETTER to the Met regarding internationally protective paedophiles – at the cost of a Lithuanian boy

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English: Anti-paedophilia logo from the National Revival of Poland (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Dear Sir Bernard

As the Association of McKenzie Friends we are ‘public interest advocates’ and follow white collar crimes associated with organised child sexual abuse and child snatching closely, as we are getting more and more requests for help.

Hence we alerted you about a crime in HMP Holloway which resulted in a US mother being deported whilst her child was kept for adoption.

This is to report a crime against a Lithuanian boy who was forcefully removed from his mother and grandmother, after they escaped his father’s persecutions in Lithuania – despite a judgement in the mother’s favour of the Supreme Court. Fortunately, the mother recorded the removal on video.

Unfortunately, however, Brent Social Services and HHJ Million operate in the father’s interests rather than those of the boy who needs to be protected from his ‘red banana’, as he calls it which we attach and publish on Continue reading

CHILD ABUSE debated in Parliament and reported on What Do They Know?

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English: Anti-paedophilia logo from the National Revival of Poland (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Answers to oral questions are recorded under Debates on the remarkable What Do They Know website.

This one on 17 July 2014 was on Child Abuse – the hot topic in this hot summer:

United against Child Abuse was the start of the 10-day demo outside Downing Street is taking place again – reported by UK Column on Friday 18 July:

Whether for Freedom of Information Requests, commenting or learning about who knows what in Parliament, go clicking!

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DO YOU WANT to stop child snatching and paedophile scandals? Everybody knows!

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English: Anti-paedophilia logo from the National Revival of Poland (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Do you want to stop child snatching and paedophile scandals? This is the subject line of an email I sent to all MPs who have not yet expressed their support for the call to a National Enquiry into organised child sexual abuse.

The remarkable Tap publishes It’s not just Parliament that’s run and controlled by a paedophile ring. One of the items says: It’s gone international:

You are welcome to refer to this email, if you use to contact your own MP:

This is to ask when you will add your support to those 141 MPs so far who demand a National Enquiry into organised child sexual abuse.

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MIND THE GAPS between what they Say, Write and Order: HHJ Simler, Treasury Solicitor & Private Barrister


Skype (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

First, Melissa Laird had a hearing scheduled for 05 December 2013.

But despite our efforts of trying to get her signature out of HMP Holloway, she got deported on 12 September 2013. And the hearing on 05 December 2013 was hijacked by the Treasury Solicitor to get the case ‘disposed’ of.

We, as her McKenzie Friends, argued that a Skype connection should be arranged so that she can represent herself.

Already on 27 January 2013, the President of the Family Division had appealed to courts to adapt to the realities of the internet, especially social media. But the Listings Office told me that Skype wasn’t ‘secure’. It had to be ISDN, which is totally outdated, as Melissa found out in the US. Tough luck for her, unfortunately.  Continue reading

BRACING for BATTLE in Court 2: McKenzie Friends assisted by Star McKenzie

Seven documents for four partiesLegal professionals are paid by the number of pages they produce and read.

We are ‘amateurs’, i.e. fuelled by love and passion, learning as we go along.

This learning exercise around the kidnap of Melissa Laird‘s son by Barnet Council and the dumping of the US mother on a wheelchair by the Home Office ends, for the moment, with a hearing tomorrow morning. We printed the seven documents in the photo – for ourselves, the judge and the other side.

Due to the busy diary of the private barrister employed by the Treasury Solicitor’s Office, the hearing has to take place at 9.30. It could not be adjourned, even though

  1. we were not present at the hearing when the cost order was made for £2,000 and £600;
  2. our Application Notice – prepared by a Star McKenzie Advisor and filed on 22 April – requests the transcript of the hearing in paragraph 15;
  3. I sent nine emails between 15 April and 02 June asking various parties for the transcript;
  4. Belinda did not get a letter telling her about this hearing on 04 June;
  5. I got four letters relating to three hearings.

Will let you know how things go! Meanwhile I shall talk to the angels in my dreams…

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McKENZIE FRIENDS challenged in Court or the Forensics of a Legal Farce

Belinda McKenzie says she’s willing to go to prison to set a sign for the inappropriateness of us being financially penalised for doing pro bono work.

I am beginning to be amused when I read another McKenzie Friend writing about a farce by pink elephants! But when I emailed the Admin Court this morning, I was full of the ‘wrath of god’. It’s just too ridiculous to be taken seriously:

Dear Mr Chowdhury et al,

I have just received two letters dated 22 and 23 May respectively and I have two others of 19 May and 23 May. Altogether, they regard  three hearings:

  • on 23/05/2014 for 0 minutes       [the letter announcing this is dated 22 May!]
  • on 04/06/2014 for 45 minutes
  • on 25/06/2014 for 30 minutes.

As I am in temporary accommodation while health and safety works are being carried out in my flat, the redirection delays my mail. Despite that, I find it impossible to make sense of this way of wasting the court’s time.

Or is this a new method for the courts to make money out of McKenzie Friends – against the spirit of the report by the Legal Services Consumer Panel? Continue reading

WILL LITHUANIA FOLLOW the precedence set by Slovakia, Portugal and Latvia?

This Lithuanian article For drunken past – a terrible punishment for the mother – triggered this blog post:

The Slovakian Government succeeded in getting the two Boor boys returned after demos outside the UK Embassy and significant TV coverage.

A year later, the Slovak TV station produced this subtitled programme, when it learned that the precedence set by Slovakia had not made a difference in the UK:

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GUIDANCE NOTES for writing Position Statements as a way of ‘Taking Stock’

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First Floor at the Statute of John Marshall, quotation from Marbury v. Madison (written by Marshall) engraved into the wall. United States Supreme Court Building. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It is difficult to get enough distance from one’s case to write

  • a chronology of events
  • an A4 summary
  • lists of official documents and their relevance
  • an index for a bundle of court documents
  • a press release.

That’s why McKenzie Friends are needed to help, support and assist in a variety of circumstances.

Above all, victims need to be HEARD. Therefore, exposure in mainstream media and online publications matters. But it rarely helps to return children or to win cases and appeals in court.   Continue reading

FROM BRUSSELS Pilgrimage to McKenzie Crusade: in defence of justice for future generations

The first McKenzie Friend was created out of the need for legal help due to the lack of money to pay professionals in 1970.

In 2009 I began acting as McKenzie Friend and web publisher for Maurice J Kirk BVSc. Since 14 October 2013, he has been held ‘on remand’ in HMP Cardiff and asked me to continue to uphold the level of quality for this ‘brand’.

In June 2011 a number of us, including Belinda McKenzie, Maurice J Kirk and Ian Josephs, met at the Royal Courts of Justice to support the Nigerian Musa couple whose five children had been taken by Haringey Police without paperwork in April 2010. Acknowledged to be the worst of all child snatching cases, McKenzie Friends continue to help them since they were imprisoned for seven years!

For the Musa hearing I had produced T-Shirts for ‘McKenzie Angels‘ as supporters for court hearings - with the aid of the late Paulette Cooper. For judges do notice when public galleries are full and even asked us not to take notes in the criminal court of the Musas! Do they know that justice is far from being delivered in their court rooms? That’s why ‘veteran victims’ Maurice Kirk and Norman Scarth have been behind our petition to Abolish the ban on recording court proceedings. Continue reading

WHEN ASSISTING IMPRISONED and WRONGED PARENTS becomes a Financially Risky Business

12 07 25 AuthorityMark Twain said “Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn’t.”

The possibility of having to pay ‘costs’ incurred by a private barrister employed by the Treasury Solicitor’s Office had NOT occurred to me when I began visiting Melissa Laird in HMP Holloway and listened to her horrific experiences – thanks to Gloria Musa who had been taken there in December 2011.

At some stage a ‘form of authority’ was required before lawyers would talk to us.

When a barrister brought in by CPT Solicitors who had advised Melissa to plead ‘guilty’ for abducting her own child, I paid the fee to lodge a Judicial Review which, however, was refused.

At that point, the barrister did not want to go any further. I guess he knew about the risk of ‘costs’ which I did not.

The Treasury Solicitors Office supposedly incurred ‘wasted costs’ to defend their reasons for deporting Melissa Laird on 12 September 2013 – without her having had an oral hearing:

  • advised by John Hemming MP, she did not have the opportunity to exercise her rights of appeal, given the appallingly restrictive conditions in HMP Holloway;
  • advised by the Senior Legal Manager Martyn Cowlin in the Administrative Court Office, she needed “the substance of her case” to be heard – in accordance with case law.

‘Costs’ incurred now cover supposedly £4, of which we are ordered to pay £2,000 – only because the Admin Court insisted in antiquated ISDN technology that Melissa couldn’t find in the US to represent herself.

In chronological order:

    • on 29 August 2013 CPT Solicitors who were still ‘on the record’ at the Admin Court received a Notice for Oral Hearing to take place on 05 December 2013;
    • on 12 September 2013 Melissa was deported and dumped in Dulles Airport – without ‘reception’, i.e. no cash as 13 12 12 Orderprisoners should be given and no address as should have been arranged and faithfully promised, especially since she was wheelchair-bound;
    • at the hearing Belinda, myself and another McKenzie Friend were present when I asked for a Skype connection or videolink for Melissa;
    • the Order by an unnamed judge said we must establish the right to defend the Claimant.

Since Melissa not only managed to establish herself in the US but also had studied the Law whilst in prison and since she has had access to the internet, we were neither prepared to represent her nor had the intention.

In view of the hearing Listings Officer Mr Odunlami told me that ISDN is required, whilst Skype is not secure.

However, Melissa told me that she spent $50 driving around trying to find this antiquated technology in the US and thus notified the Court:

I am writing to inform you  and the court that there is no one in a 100 miles of where I reside that has ISDN or one that I can use.  I am greatly upset by the fact that the court wil not allow Skype to be used as the majority of the systems here in America use that today and ISDN is considered out if date and old.

I reiterate that the Association of McKenzie Friends has the authority to represent me at this hearing.  I feel that even though I requested this to be adjourned for 3 months to allow me to appear in person that this seems not to be just cause for the adjournment.

I do feel as justice is again being sidetracked due to the Treasury’s Solicitors. Again under the European Human Rights Article 6 I should have a fair and more importantly honest/just trial.

Following this, we got together and emailed:

Dear Mr Odunlami

I ended up speaking to Melissa Laird on Skype last night. On the occasion of an ad hoc  Committee of the Association of McKenzie Friends, I would like you to act as follows:

A. Ask the judge for an adjournment for the following reasons:

  1. Her right to a fair trial;
  2. Her right for the substance of her case to be heard – which is the basis for our Judicial Review;
  3. She has significant case law to present to the judge that she found herself.

B. Accept SKYPE as the technology to let her represent herself from the US, where technological infrastructure has always been more advanced;

  1. She told me that she spent $50 on petrol driving around to find ISDN.

C. Due to her disability, combined with having been deported without reception, she still has serious problems to get online.

  1. This is the cause for her late response to you.

With many thanks in advance,

Sabine K McNeill

Apparently Mrs Justice Simler was surprised not to see us in Court.

Hence she ‘joined us to the case’ for the purposes of ‘costs’. After all, we needed to establish the ‘right to represent the Claimant’ – which we had not done.

What a way to encourage McKenzie Friends who operate pro bono to help prisoners who can’t find legal representation and thus have to appear as Litigants in Person! After all, the Legal Consumer Panel has just published a report on Fee-charging McKenzie Friends with 15 recommendations. No 4 says:

the Practice Guidance should be reviewed and amended to portray McKenzie Friends in a more positive way.

Why do we have a negative image in the Judiciary while only 6.5% of the general public know what a McKenzie Friend does, as mentioned in the report?

As ‘austerity’ is supposed to rule and legal aid is cut, why do McKenzie Friends get punished for helping as ‘good Samaritains’?

Christopher Booker writes in The Telegraph Shock costs ruling penalises those helping wronged parents.

John Hemming MP published on 16 August 2013: Mother to be deported whilst her child is kept for adoption.

That is not the ‘substance’, but the essence of her case! The rest is up to you to make sense of…

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