Maurice is not alone in supporting victims of child abuse (the Nigerian couple Gloria & Chiwar Musa whose six children were removed by Haringey Council). And he is not alone in being criminalised for his involvement:yesterday, Robert Green was put behind bars for 9 months of 'breaching the peace' and 3 months for 'breaching bail conditions' - because he has been exposing the 22 paeophiles who had abused Hollie Greig, who were behind the killing of her uncle and the major harassment of her and her mother.
Belinda McKenzie, co-founder of the Association of McKenzie Friends, talks to him here - the last time before his sentencing.
As Litigants in Person, the Musas experience the same problem as Maurice:
- McKenzie Friends don't get legal visits to take documents in and out of prison.
- To send money in or out costs £6.50 for £50 or £25 for £300 - the price of postal orders - for "security reasons" of course.
- To prepare any defence or to keep legal proceedings going, is virtually impossible, because, if it arrives at all, both incoming and outgoing mail is being delayed.
- To be kept on remand indefinitely, without trial, seems to be 'normal'.
However, the Musas have just found out that four socilicitors claim Legal Aid on their back, while not doing any work at all! Ironically, the famous Powell & Spencer solicitors whom Maurice visited and asked to represent them in prison had supposedly CANCELLED their Legal Aid certificate.
It is hard to find the right words to describe what's happening, but I guess everybody knows what's right and what's wrong, deep down even every wrong-doer! Maybe we can't expect them to be punished here on earth. Maybe life is only about the courage to expose them and to suffer the consequences. Maybe martyrdom has to be part of being a 'truther'... Go figure. Try to make sense your own way, while you can't even send an email to Maurice!
But you can send him letters:A7306A, HMP Cardiff, Knox Road, CF24 0UG
and you can write to HMP Governor at the same address
or the Prison and Probation Ombudsman, even though they only want to receive complaints from prisoners.
Or do you have any other idea for helping victims and their courageous supporters??? Maurice will be in Cardiff Crown Court on Monday morning...