Celtic League - Bail Date set for heroic campaigner Tony Leamon
I have picked this up from the Celtic League's news site and have been following the story for some time - one man's stand sgainst the fascist system in modern post 1984 Britain. Remember Leamon is a pacifist and has done nothing wrong having no previous convictions. Give the poor guy your support:
CELTIC LEAGUE - PRESS INFORMATION
BAIL DATE FOR LEAGUE MAN ON TERRORISM CHARGE
Celtic League campaigner and Kernow branch treasurer Tony Leamon,
will be appearing for at Camborne police station this Wednesday (2nd
July 2008) to answer his bail, almost 10 months after he was first
arrested on 6th September 2007 on suspicion of terrorism.
To give support to other victims of the British state's over enthusiastic
use of anti terrorist legislation, Mr Leamon has made a short video
film of himself, for the Celtic League, to rely some of his feelings
of having been on police bail for this extended period of time. As
will be seen from the video footage, Mr Leamon is in good spirits
and has kept his sense of humour throughout, despite a very low period
earlier this year when the pressure of the ordeal drove him to make
a suicide attempt.
The Celtic League has been campaigning on Mr Leamon's behalf since
his arrest and the arrest of other members of the Cornish cultural
and political movement at the same time. Mr Leamon, along with all
of the other people arrested, were perplexed as to why the police
had picked on them as part of the police investigation into the Cornish
National Liberation Army/Cornish Republican Army. Needless to say
Mr Leamon and the other people arrested all maintained their innocence
and denied ever having taken part in any criminal activity in the
furtherance of their beliefs. With no or little evidence to go on,
the police had to release the other arrestees from their bail and
now it is only Mr Leamon who has been kept hanging on.
Mr Leamon has been due to answer his bail on 3 separate occasions
(not including his arrest), but each time, after lengthy periods of
questioning, his bail has only been extended further. Now Mr Leamon
is hoping that Wednesday will be the forth and final time he will
have to visit Camborne police station on this matter.
The Kernow Branch of the League are planning to hold a protest outside
Camborne police station on the afternoon of the 2nd July and are requesting
that all his supporters who are able to attend the protest to turn
up at just before 1500. Those who are unable to attend the protest
are encouraged to phone the Devon and Cornwall Police central number
on 0044 (0) 8452 777444 (remember to include the 0 if phoning from
the UK) and ask to be put through to Camborne police station, regarding
Tony Leamon, not forgetting to state where you are calling from. Alternatively,
emails can be sent to Police.Enquiries@devonandcornwall.pnn.police.uk
with the same message of support. Supporters are requested to enquire
after Mr Leamon's welfare, who is registered disabled and has a debilitating
If Mr Leamon is bailed once again, he may have to forfeit attendance
at the Celtic League's AGM - due to be held in Dublin on August 16th
2008 - in accordance with his bail restrictions. If this is the case
or if Mr Leamon is charged, the League may hold a protest outside
the British Embassy in Dublin on the weekend of the AGM.
The Tony Leamon video link can be found below:
J B Moffatt
Director of Information
The Celtic League has branches in the six Celtic Countries. It works
to promote cooperation between these countries and campaigns on a
broad range of political, cultural and environmental matters. It highlights
human rights abuse, monitors all military activity and focuses on
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Photo show Tony Leamon on top Cornwall's highest point where he ascended for charity reasons
This just in from Tony Leamon:
BAIL HEARING DELAYED AGAIN!<?XML:NAMESPACE PREFIX = O />
I was to have answered my bail today at 3 pm. At 11am this morning I had DC 196 Hampson on my door at 11am delaying the interview until the 31st July.
I AM sitting here shaking like a jelly. Surely this delaying tactic is against the law!
My solicitor rang up yesterday to confirm the date-which they did. So I got everything prepared. Now I am delayed to the 3st July at 3 pm. This is the second time they have cancelled my hearing at the last moment. I am sure such delaying and shock inducing tactics are illegal somewhere, but clearly not in Cornwall.
It will be over 10 months since I was arrested, and I still haven’t been charged. Arrested, yes. But not charged. I have been interviewed for over 18 hours, have had my computer, mobile phones, paperwork, flags, and John Angarrk books seized, ad still no charge.
I asked DC Hampson why he couldn’t get things organised. He said it was “out of his hands”. I asked if that was so, could I be seen by the person in whose hands it was. Again, he said, it was out of his hands. The term monkey and organ grinder come to mind.
Speak to all later. Please keep emailing the West Briton, and ringing the police station.
Quite truthfully, I believe the police are breaching his human rights and after ten months the pressure on him must be phenomenal !