Maurice Kirk

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August 2009 - Posts

About anything from Warrant for Arrest to our online petition demanding Fair Trials and Compensation, for Maurice and other victims, in the spirit of human rights. For first time visitors, a one-page summary is on a complementary and introductory blog. The latest video of a 12-minute interview with Maurice on Jersey in Dec 2010.

Breaking News:

Political asylum and protection from extradition granted - for the first time since the French Revolution, to a British citizen. See this post here.
  • Court Transcripts

    Transcripts of Maurice's numerous court appearances at Cardiff Crown are now available in the download section. Please click here.

    These cover proceedings from 25th June to 30th July regarding his arrest and incarceration just prior to him about to take South Wales Police to court over long term harrassment.

    Further transcripts are due to be sent over and uploaded.

  • Court 5 Appearance / Posts

    Very quickly...since we're making a mad dash to get to Court 5 at Cardiff Crown by 12pm today. Maurice has been given a hearing, but we don't know what about - Judge Llewelyn Jones is presiding.

    Based on prison information, he is to be taken to court. It is possible this might mean he's now taking food, but if it's to do with sectioning him, then maybe not.

    His family solicitor was unable to attend him today to sort out his will and power of attorney due to the sudden court appearance. Will report back later today.

    BTW some people believe their posts are not being allowed up. Only one post has been heavily edited on instructions from Maurice, some have been moved to better places. All other posts should be getting through without any issues. We don't hold them back for editorial approval when initially posted. Site ran out of disk space last couple of weeks, while we were on holiday, which maybe the cause of any posts not going up. Has been rectified by upgrading Maurice's web server account.

    If posts still do not appear, I'll provide a support email later today for you to send me your posts directly, as we don't have time for a bug hunt at the moment.

    PS. Maurice appreciates comments that are supportive, informative and based on the facts... Keep the hyperbole and personal agendas down to a minimum plz. We're trying to maintain as wide an audience as possible.

    We also need clear, consise and factual information, avoid bloat and ranting if poss. 

    Thanks PIE221

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  • Confirmed, Maurice Still on Hunger Strike

    Maurice phoned today at 2.45pm (6th Aug) and stated that his hunger strike is ongoing. Rumours that he was taking food again were inaccurate. He's now lost 3 stone and beginning to exhibit health problems.

    He has stated that he has told all Doctors who have examined him including the psychiatrists that if Judge Cooke fixes a court date within 7 days, he will come off hunger strike. So far, this has not been granted.

    A Dr Tegwyn M Williams of Caswell Clinic, Bridgend has written to the Court stating that he has been unable to detrmine Maurice's mental state to a conclusive level and that the only way to make a full determination would be to have him sectioned under the mental health act (sec 35) for 28 days assessment at his clinic. Dr Williams has asked the Prison Govenor to consider allowing Maurice a court appearance for bail, suggesting that it is by no means clear that Maurice is mentally incapable.

    Maurice's psychiatric report has not been given to him as he requested. He has also requested a copy of the report be sent to his wife Kirstie. As far as we are aware, this also has not occurred.

    Maurice has requested his family solicitor to draw up his will and assign power of attorney.

  • Taking Food Again?

    Yesterday (04/08/09) I visited Maurice, prison number AK6632, at HMPS Cardiff. He is very thin and is feeling weak. He did not think that he would be able to walk from the healthcare block to the visiting area at my next booked visit (Saturday). He seemed resolute and as astute as ever, but did not answer me when I asked how much longer he intended to carry on refusing food.

    I told him that it is likely that he will be sectioned under the Mental Health Act for 28 days "for assessment". He, as I, strongly believe that there is no creditable reason that he should be sectioned.

    Maurice is an oustandingly intelligent man of principle with a fierce sense of justice. He is an irritant to heavy handed authority and is being treated inhumanely. He is sometimes contraversial, incredibly focused and very stubborn. Psychiatric wards will be filled very quickly, if these are admittance criteria.

    I have been told this afternoon (05/08/09) that Maurice is taking food again. I have been unable to verify this as no-one was available to speak to me at HMPS Cardiff. Noone has returned my calls. I have telephoned the Ministry of Justice and been redirected to the department that deals with offenders' cases. Before I can be told whether my husband remains on hunger strike I must pose my question in writing. Presumably I will receive a response within 28 days.

    Similarly, I have requested information regarding blood and urine tests carried out this past week. I must apply in writing. 28 days is too long to wait for a response in these circumstances. Maurice is ketotic and possibly already suffering some renal damage: drinking water but barely/not urinating.

    I have contacted Maurice's preferred psychiatrist to try to arrange an independent opinion - he is on holiday until September. I am keen to contact a psychiatrist outside this area who might be able to assist or recommend a colleague. 

    I hope to get more information soon.

    Kirstie Kirk

  • 19th Day on Hungerstrike

    Maurice Kirk rang at 3.15pm today (2 August 2009) from the Hospital Wing of Cardiff Prison, as he was transferred there on 29 July 2009.  Maurice said that he was assessed by psychiatrist Dr Gaynor Jones for two hours on Friday 31 July 2009.  “It was a gruelling session, mentally and physically” he said.  Maurice also relayed that he is in a lot of pain and finding it difficult to walk now. Maurice would not be persuaded to abandon his hunger strike.

    The Glamorgan GEM - Friday, 31 July 2009

    Flying Vet on hunger strike