Archive | February 2014




A man has been found guilty of subjecting former Lord Advocate Dame Elish Angiolini to a campaign of harassment.

Timothy Rustige was convicted of causing fear and alarm to the former prosecutor, who was sent defamatory emails calling her a “satanic woman”.

Dame Elish said she feared for her family’s safety after conspiracy theorists sent threatening emails and wrote blog posts claiming she was responsible for the cover-up of a paedophile ring in Aberdeen.

Police Scotland computer analysts linked Rustige’s desktop computer to a number of Hotmail accounts which sent the emails.

Rustige, 65, denied writing them, claiming they were the work of his wife, his son – also called Timothy Rustige – and an activist group called Prisoners of Conscience.

He said the organisation’s headquarters for the north of England was based at his flat in Altrincham, Cheshire, and members used a communal desktop computer.

Asked what the organisation did, Rustige replied: “We did work with the Palestinians, we worked with Edward Snowden, Bradley Manning, Julian Assange.”

But he told Aberdeen Sheriff Court he was too busy campaigning to stop hacker Gary McKinnon being extradited to the US to be involved in the smear campaign against Dame Elish.

The group also ran a blog called ‘Rusty’s Skewed News View’ which purported to expose members of a paedophile ring in Aberdeen and claimed the former Lord Advocate had covered up its existence.

Dame Elish was regional procurator fiscal for Grampian, Highlands and Islands before becoming the first woman to head the Crown Office, ultimately responsible for all prosecutions in Scotland.

Fiscal depute Christopher Macintosh said: “The truth is it’s a misnomer that you are part of Prisoners of Conscience as you have not shown to have a conscience.

“You have pointed the finger at your won, your wife – anyone to get yourself out of trouble. If this wasn’t so serious it would be laughable.

“This is not the protection of your free speech.”This is the protection of an individual from horrible defamatory comments.”

Sheriff Derek Pyle took just minutes to find Rustige guilty of the charge. He deferred sentence for reports and said he was keeping all options open, including a jail sentence. Rustige was released on bail.





Rusty’s trial over; back to Robert

After a two-day break Rusty’s trial resumed this morning Thursday 27 February 2014 with more evidence from police and forensics officers and further witnesses lined up for Friday, but by mid-afternoon Sheriff David Pyle decided he’d heard enough – time to wind up and save another day of court costs! Hence without further ado he delivered his verdict “Guilty as charged.”
No date has been set as yet for sentencing and Rusty will be off back home to Manchester tomorrow Friday 28 February still a free man, no doubt to the relief of his family, but for how long?
For the record and as might be of interest to all following the finer detail of this extraordinary saga, Hollie’s campaign for justice, it is worth recording what happened to the other of her two most intrepid and ‘out there’ champions in the field, Tim ‘Rusty’ Rustige, second only to Robert Green (but there are others supporting Hollie who keep a lower profile and are playing a ‘longer game’), on Wednesday 19 February 2014.
In the past fortnight the ‘Grampian plod squad’ as Rusty calls them have raided 2 English homes and carted their incumbents off to Aberdeen, by no means the first time for such startling happenings that have occurred at rough intervals ever since February 2010 with the raid on Robert Green’s home on 13 February 2010 while he was already in the police cells in Aberdeen. Robert’s home was raided most recently as usual by Grampian police on Thursday 13 February 2014 and Rusty’s 6 days later on Wednesday 19 February, 5 days prior to his trial on charges brought against him by former Lord Advocate of Scotland, Dame Elish Angiolini of ‘harassment & [cyber] stalking’ of her opening at Aberdeen Sheriff Court on Monday 24 February 2014.
Rusty’s raid occurred while he was out for a jog and in his case there was no patient waiting outside for him to returnas in Robert’s latest raid; 7 officers of Grampian police attended by 2 from Greater Manchester simply smashed the front door in and crashed straight into his house. Grampian seized the 3rd? 4th? computer they’ve taken off him or his wife by now, plus any cell-phones they could lay hands on, plus all files relating to his accounts, plus his wife’s poetry, his wife’s short stories & kitchen recipes, all in an attempt to find some evidence linking Rusty to the original Feb/March 2012 cyber-attack on DEA. They would have found nothing however as there was nothing to be found, Rusty says. They also took his copies of Hollie case medical reports and other relevant documents but of course there are other copies of those in existence so no matter.
Rusty was then borne off to Aberdeen and spent that Wednesday night in the cells in Queen Street police station before attending the Sheriff court on Thursday afternoon.
Initially Rusty assumed he was being charged with breach of bail conditions but it turned out that the operation was a bid by the Crown office to have his bail revoked and have him held on remand pending further enquiries – thus delaying Monday’s hearing. The excuse was that he was a ‘flight risk’ and might have tried to abscond, the absurdity of which was quickly pointed out as among the papers seized the previous day from his home and now in Grampian’s possession was the booking confirmation of both his flight to Aberdeen on Sunday plus the hotel booking for the week of his trial!
Sheriff Summer who heard the issue on Thursday 20th happened to be a decent judge – he’d already been of assistence to Rusty in a previous brush with the police. He made short shrift of the Crown/Angiolini’s application and threw it out.
So by Thursday evening Rusty was winging his way back to Manchester & freedom, for 3 days anyway, till his return to Aberdeen to face trial the following week.
While a certain illustrious or notorious Dame, depending on your viewpoint had to encounter her cyber-assailant or was he really? in the flesh in court on the due date, her attempt to delay the proceedings having foundered yet again on the rocks of Grampian police’s perennial bungling or smart thinking? again, depending on which side you’re on.


Outside court after Rustys trial the gloaters leave




Ex-health secretary Patricia Hewitt has apologised for getting it “wrong” on a paedophile group when she was at the helm of a civil rights organisation.

From 1974 to 1983, the Labour MP was general secretary for the National Council for Civil Liberties (NCCL), when it granted “affiliate” status to the Paedophile Information Exchange (PIE).

Ms Hewitt said the NCCL had been “naive and wrong” about the group, which wanted to make child sex legal, and that as general secretary she took responsibility for the mistakes.

She along with Labour’s deputy leader Harriet Harman and her MP husband Jack Dromey – who also worked at the NCCL – have been accused in a series of Daily Mail articles of being sympathetic to paedophiles.

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Ms Harman, left, and Ms Hewit, right, both worked at the NCCL, now Liberty

The newspaper has demanded the three Labour stalwarts apologise to the victims of child sex abuse.

In her first public response to the allegations, Ms Hewitt said any suggestion she condoned or supported the “vile crimes” of child abusers was “completely untrue”.

Harriet Harman
Ms Harman fiercely denied claims she was an ‘apologist for paedophilia’

“NCCL in the 1970s, along with many others, was naive and wrong to accept PIE’s claim to be a ‘campaigning and counselling organisation’ that ‘does not promote unlawful acts’,” she said.

“As general secretary then, I take responsibility for the mistakes we made. I got it wrong on PIE and I apologise for having done so.

“I should have urged the executive committee to take stronger measures to protect NCCL’s integrity from the activities of PIE members and sympathisers and I deeply regret not having done so.”

She also defended the roles played by Ms Harman and Mr Dromey, a Labour frontbencher.

“When Jack Dromey, as NCCL chairman in 1976, vigorously opposed PIE at the NCCL AGM, he did so with the full support of the executive committee and myself as general secretary,” she said.

“Harriet did not join the NCCL staff until 1978. She was one of two legal officers, neither of whom was a member of the executive committee.”

Ms Hewitt said she had been away for the past 12 days while the controversy was raging in the media.

During that time, Ms Harman has had a war of words with the Daily Mail over its claims she was an “apologist for paedophilia”.

Ms Harman insisted the tabloid’s stories were part of a “politically motivated smear campaign”.

Jack Dromey
Mr Dromey was on the NCCL executive committee in the 1970s

Unlike Ms Hewitt, Ms Harman, the NCCL legal officer from 1978 to 1982, has refused to apologise saying there was no reason for her to do so, but she “expressed regret” PIE ever existed.

In response to the Daily Mail’s claims, Mr Dromey said: “Sexual abuse of children is evil and I have always viewed paedophiles and any group associated with them as evil.

“During my time on the NCCL executive, I was at the forefront of repeated public condemnations of PIE and their despicable views.”

The Daily Mail’s consultant editor Andrew Pierce hit back at their statements, saying Ms Harman and Mr Dromey should have done more to distance NCCL from the “disgusting” PIE.

PIE, which has now been disbanded, was founded by Tom O’Carroll, who has been described as a “sexually predatory” paedophile.

He was allowed to make a speech at the NCCL spring conference in 1977.

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