COURT HEARINGS in December illustrate how the UK’s ‘child protection’ system is an international scandal

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3 Court Hearings in December illustrate how the UK’s ‘child protection’ system is an international scandal

US mother Melissa Laird[i] is listed for a hearing on 5 December 2013 in the High Court to address the ‘substance of her case’ and to ‘exercise her rights of appeal’. Due to torturous prison conditions in HMP Holloway including being beaten up[ii], she was seriously prevented from advancing her legal affairs. This included contact with her son from whom she was separated in December 2011, when he was 4 years-old. She was advised to plead ‘guilty’ to ‘abduction of a child’, her own, after having relocated from the UK to Spain; in May 2011 Barnet Council had issued a European Arrest Warrant. She was arrested when she took her son to hospital in Alicante in December. In March 2012, Family Judge Mayer ordered that contact was at the discretion of Barnet Council who deemed it best not to arrange for any contact at all, contrary to the Children’s Act 1989 and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Nigerian couple Gloria and Chiwar Musa[iii] were also imprisoned after their children had been forcefully removed by 8 Police Officers of Haringey Council. The goal is the same: keep the children for foster ‘care’, dispensing with the consent of the parents for forced adoption[iv] or punishment without crime[v] and finally deport the parents. Their appeal hearing is listed on 6 December 2013. 

The secrecy of family courts[vi], gagging orders with threat of imprisonment and forced adoption are among what is unique in the UK,  what Christopher Booker describes in The Telegraph as an international scandal[vii]. But the current President of the Family Division of the Royal Courts of Justice Sir James Munby appeals to courts “to adapt to the realities of the internet and particularly social media” with the Baby J judgement[viii] reported widely.

Portuguese couple Carla and Jose Pedro[ix] whose 5 children were taken by Lincolnshire County Council in April 2013 are not afraid of prison. Their hearing is listed for 9-10 December 2013. As with the Musas, their children were taken without paperwork. Afterwards, the oldest child was used to fabricate a false allegation against the mother, as in the Musa case and against the father as in the Pedro case. Subsequent lies, falsified ‘expert’ reports and faked allegations result in more and more documentation, while the children are screaming to be heard[x].

Latvian mother Laila Brice[xi] is another foreigner who is neither afraid nor intimidated. Her 5-year-old orthodox Russian speaking daughter was taken by Merton Council and put up for adoption without a court order. She names all social workers and other officials involved on Keep Calm and Challenge Britain: UK and Foreign Children Back for Christmas![xii]

Kellie Cottam’s[xiii] two children were taken by Flintshire Council on 13 December 2012. After rallying a lot of support for her hearing, her case was vacated. Hence she campaigns for her own and other Kids Home for Christmas[xiv].

Last year, two Slovak boys were returned after 920 days in custody when demos, TV and press outside the UK Embassy in Bratislava took the case on.

For further information, please contact Sabine K McNeill on 07968 039 141 or

Notes and links for editors:

  1. The Association of McKenzie Friends[xv] is an unfunded network of individuals. It has come together to help parents whose children were taken and imprisoned, fending for themselves as Litigants in Person[xvi]. Our petition Children Placed in Foster Care[xvii] was put before the House of Commons on 3 September 2013 without any response so far.
  2. Foreigners among women[xviii] whose children are targeted have also been observed by Vicky Haigh[xix]. She was imprisoned for 3 years for supposedly having breached a ‘non-molestation order’ – by saying ‘hello’ when she saw her daughter accidentally at a petrol station. She has not seen her now 10-year old daughter since, after she was given to her abusive father. She was the first victim named by John Hemming MP in Parliament: Gag removed job done[xx].
  3. John Hemming is the only MP who reliably stands up for victims of family courts. He is Chairman of Justice for Families[xxi] and has organised a meeting for foreign embassies that resulted in the Early Day Motion International Concerns about UK Law[xxii].
  4. Christopher Booker’s column in The Telegraph addresses the issue regularly. He wrote 14 articles[xxiii] about the Musas and 2 about Melissa Laird.
  5. The publisher of Forced Adoption as a book and website is Ian Josephs who has a law degree from Oxford and runs a language school in Monaco. He advises up to 10 parents a day by phone.
  6. Abolish Adoption without Parental Consent[xxiv] is an online petition before the EU Parliament which is supported by a 10-page Dossier of Evidence[xxv].



About Sabine Kurjo McNeill

I'm a mathematician and system analyst formerly at CERN in Geneva and became an event organiser, software designer, independent web publisher and online promoter of Open Justice. My most significant scientific contribution is
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50 Responses to COURT HEARINGS in December illustrate how the UK’s ‘child protection’ system is an international scandal

  1. Reblogged this on Punishment without Crime – Bereavement without Death and commented:

    As Edith Piaf used to sing: as long as there is life, there is HOPE!

  2. wakemanclare says:

    SIR james munby //my name is clare and im fighting for every innocent parent who has been wronged by social services all over the world and i would like to be given the right to stand and say what us parents need to say //and get the voices of every child across the world that needs to be heard//this is a request for every parent world wide and i would be honoured to stand for all these parents and children who are innocent of no crime and to reunite our children with parents for christmas

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  10. John Allman says:

    I know that Sabine is involved in the Melissa Laird hearing on Thursday 5th December, but not whether she is involved in the other two hearings in Friday and Saturday. I would be interested in attending court. Is that going to be possible?

    • John Allman says:

      Not “Friday and Saturday”. I meant “Friday and Monday/Tuesday”.

    • Yes, the Musa hearing is ‘criminal’, i.e. it is open. One of the supporters writes: Apparently the Musa case is listed to take place on December 6th13 in Court 4 with the start time recorded on the system as 10-10.30am however when I spoke to the guy in the List Office he advised me that the hearing had been set down for 2 hours and that 3 short sentencing matters would be going ahead of it which are estimated to take approximately 1 and a half hours in total. This means that the likely start time will be 11.30am however it would make sense to be there by 11am at the latest although in case they start these other matters earlier I still think that it would be safest to be at the court by 10.30am.

      Melissa’s court will be listed on

      The Lincoln case I expect to be ‘secret’.

  11. wakemanclare says:

    justice is coming and when it does i hope all us innocent parents and children who have had to suffer through the systems failures //that we are all there to see them go down under

  12. wakemanclare says:

    sabine is an inspiration to me and all the work she does deserves sabine to run england because she knows what she is doing shes caring and she puts all her effort and life in to helping others so i think its time we all did something for sabine thank you mate you are the inspiration all us parents need to fight

  13. wakemanclare says:

    iv been too see my babies tonight and they look ill and they cant take no more neglect

  14. wakemanclare says:


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    In court in Manchester on 6/12/2013 ss want to put a gagging order on a gran mother my god what next

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  41. Anonymous says:

    Dear sir lord justice mumby I would like to be given a voice. For my dead brother who westberkshire buggered daily from the age of 5. For my sister who had to watch this and often beats herself from the pelvis down. For my son who west berkshire want to remove, because I was abused. I want to know why operation viola was a systematic document destruction. As voiced by rashida bagg and francess wheetman. I want to know how a social workrr who apologise’s for the harassment of weekly visits. But she has her orders. I need to know why to all these things and more. Also were is my dead brother’s body. Why did they subject me to sra with the kyles. Of thatcham whilst raymond was locked in wardrobe an buggered. Why is the pedophile, we were later placed with. Out of the reach of theames valley police. I have no choice but to assume this cult runs westberkshire. Why is a freemasons son allowed to abduct me rape me daily for sevrel month’s and westberkshire has contacted him and provided him with the address for my safe house. The 4th. And set up contact with a child he abandoned 5years ago. Why am I denied the right to send my child to puplic school, without the threat of abduction from his classromm (in writing from ss)
    My abuse by west berkshire social procurers is not over. They have destroyed my mother. Who I have never known

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