Thursday, December 1, 2011

Cardiff 3 :CPS Collusion - No Justice For The Cardiff 3 - MORE Police Corruption

Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) incompetence or collusion allows corrupt cops to walk free.
After five months of a trial costing ‘tens of millions of pounds’,
eight police officers accused of perverting the course of justice have been able to simply walk away from Swansea Crown Court. They walked free not because a jury acquitted them – the jury didn’t get a chance to pass any verdict at all. They walked free because the CPS and police investigators made such serious and repeated failings in presenting the evidence that it was impossible for the trial to proceed.

This was
one of the biggest and most serious cases ever tried in Wales. These police officers had ‘allegedly’colluded to imprison three men for a murder they knew they did not commit,making little effort to find the real killer. They fabricated evidence, and bullied witnesses into committing perjury. One witness recounted that police officers had told her they would
"nail those men and, if I didn't do what they said, they would nail me as well". 
 A forensic witness told of how detectives had ‘strengthened’ a witness account in order to implicate Abdullahi and Actie, two of the three men, known as the Cardiff 3,who were later sentenced to life in prison.

Given that this was such an important trial, it is, to put it mildly, ‘remarkable’ that the police and prosecution messed up the evidence in the case to the extent that they did. From the statement made by the trial judge, Mr Justice Sweeney, it is clear that the collapse of the case stemmed not from one mistake, but from aseries of failings, omissions and errors in that made it impossible for the eight police officers to be fairly tried. ---read more