FRIDAY, DECEMBER 30, 2011
On 8th September 2009, I was present as Hollie Greig was interviewed for three and a half hours by Grampian Police officer DS Lisa Evans. During the interview, Hollie, accepted as a competent and truthful witness, gave clear details of the sexual abuses she had endured, the identities of her abusers and locations where the abuses took place.
No-one else was subsequently interviewed, no computers belonging to the alleged abusers were examined and no expert medical witnesses, whose testimonies supported Hollie`s allegations, were contacted, despite the state having earlier granted Hollie £13,500 in compensation for her suffering as a result of the crimes she had described.
In January 2010, certain individuals took exception to my efforts to warn the citizens of Aberdeen of the police`s failures and that vulnerable children and the disabled were likely to be continually at risk as a direct result.
Grampian Police promptly interviewed no fewer than sixty-one people and even sent two detectives from Aberdeen to Glasgow in order to interview solicitor Peter Watson, of Levy &McRae, who had earler issued threats to the media on behalf of Elish Angiolini to prevent stories of her proven involvement in the Hollie Greig case entering the public domain.
As soon as I was arrested on 12th February 2010, Grampian Police arranged for four officers to be sent on a 700-mile round trip to my home in Cheshire, to seize personal documents including my computer records. One of those officers was DS Lisa Evans, who had previously taken no action to seize the computers of the alleged sexual offenders.
In 2001, when Elish Angiolini was Procurator Fiscal in Aberdeen, having prevented an investigation in the allegations made by Hollie in 2000, she also failed to have a 22-year-old man charged, who actually admitted to having raped a girl of 10 and a boy of 7. Working with Angiolini on this case was the same sheriff who Hollie has accused of abusing her. The story of this shocking failure was published in May 2001
in The Times and by Tara Womersley in The Telegraph. Angiolini was forced to issue a public apology for her incompetence, claiming as an excuse that her department was understaffed.
In 2010, in contrast, Angiolini lost no time at all in having me arrested and charged for a “Breach of the Peace”.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 24, 2011
As many followers of the case and those related to it, including my own, will be aware, I have made it clear that I regard it as unfair that there is general criticism relating to undue influence being exerted by members of the Freemasons in suppressing the true facts about the attacks on Hollie and others or the murder of her uncle.
I have absolutely no evidence to support that supposition and am aware that many of our most loyal followers are Freemasons. I have also known many members of the organisation during my lifetime and found most of them to be people of the highest calibre and rectitude. Therefore, I bear no personal ill-will towards Freemasonry in general and would only challenge any individual I thought may be abusing membership in order to pervert the course of justice.
However, an incident took place at Stonehaven Court on 30th April 2010 that I have hitherto not published, but as my trial date draws near and the Scottish establishment have not seen fit to drop the charges against me, I believe that it is in the interests of justice and impartiality that I should now mention it.
The hearing came as a result of my application for a variation on my bail conditions to allow me to campaign freely as parliamentary candidate for Aberdeen South in the last few days prior to the General Election on 6th May, which had hitherto been denied me. I was to be represented by Aberdeen solicitor George Mathers, but he withdrew unexpectedly at the last minute, leaving me with no option but to fend for myself. My application was refused, albeit on extremely controversial grounds that have already been discussed.
In my elevated position in the witness box, I was able to see Crown Prosecutor Stephen McGowan pass an A4 size document in black and white to Sheriff Patrick Davies, covered entirely by the commonly used square and compass symbol of Freemasonry. As I had made no attack on the Freemasons, I could not understand why such a document could possibly be used in evidence against me. Frankly, I was placed in the dilemma of challenging McGowan and Davies at that point or giving the impression that I had not seen the transaction. As the hearing was held in secret with no supporters, press or independent witnesses present, I decided to take the latter course.
However, Sheriff Principal Edward Bowen has just ruled to deny me the availability of Stephen McGowan as an important witness for the defence, allowing the latter to lead the prosecution against me. Therefore, in order to avoid any widespread perception of any conflict of interest that may be thought to exist, and in the best interests of justice and fair play, I shall ask, at the beginning of the trial, whether the Sheriff and the Crown Prosecutor are Freemasons.
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 22, 2011
Yesterday, the hearing at Stonehaven was presided over by Sheriff-Principal Edward Bowen. Despite stating on 14th November that he would not be participating in a future trial in this case, it seems that now he will be in charge again on 16th January.
It must be said that my new legal team, led by Gary Allen QC, did very well in overcoming an objection by the Crown to the use of Article 10(1) of the European Convention on Human Rights in my defence. However, despite Mr Allen`s eloquent and well-reasoned view that Procurator Fiscal Stephen McGowan is regarded as an important witness for the defence, the sheriff decided not to support the defence`s plea which means, bizarrely, that McGowan is now free to lead the prosecution again.
Not only should McGowan have been ordered to appear as a defence witness, but he is also part of an serious investigation concerning false statements made earlier in court, on 13th April and 18th August respectively, by fellow Procurator Fiscal Anne Currie and by Mr McGowan himself.
I have also now lodged a formal complaint with Police Officer Vicky Henderson in Stonehaven in regard to the events of 15th November, concerning what appears to be a prima facie case of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice involving the Crown Office and my former Senior Counsel, Frances McMenamin QC. There is also likely to be a further crime involving disclosure of confidential court proceedings by the Crown office to the Scottish Sun.
Key witnesses are likely to include Sheriff Principal Bowen, Anne Currie and Stephen McGowan again, the latter seen by two witnesses as having entered a room in the court building in discussion with the Scottish Sun reporter.
That McGowan, despite all this, can still be allowed or would even wish to represent the Crown in prosecuting this case in such deeply suspicious circumstances is an indication everything that is wrong with the Scottish justice system and its endemic and shameless lack of integrity.
Finally, may I wish all those kind, brave and loyal supporters of Hollie the very best for Christmas and the New Year. I feel sure that by working together, this terrible evil that infects and intimidates the highest echelons of Scottish society and beyond can be exposed and overcome.
Thank you all and God bless you.
MONDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2011
The position of First Minister Alex Salmond in regard to Hollie`s case has been a curious one, as he perpetually claims to stand for the interests of the Scottish people – but to which Scottish people is he referring?
Surely not the vulnerable children and disabled of Aberdeen, facing rape and ritual abuse, whose plight he has not only ignored, but also made false statements about his involvement in and knowledge of the Hollie Greig case, as published in The Firm magazine of 11th July.
Whatever one`s views on the case, it seems distinctly odd that two English MPs, Andrew George and David Ruffley, have gone out of their way to register their considerable disquiet about the lack of proper investigation into the case and that an English member of the House of Lords, Lord Monckton has gone on film to demand a public inquiry. It is also puzzling that the First Minister and his SNP Westminster colleagues showed no interest in attending the meeting in the House of Commons in which I was invited to speak about the case.
Meanwhile, Mr Salmond, who represents a constituency neighbouring that of the scene of the atrocities, now maintains an undignified silence. Who is he seeking to protect and why?
He appears to display a staggering personal loyalty to Elish Angiolini, made all the more remarkable as she is not a member of the SNP and a Unionist – and what about his magic circle friends and associates in the North-East?
Are these the Scottish people whose personal interests he really stands for?
Perhaps the First Minister may wish to clarify his stance to the people and taxpayers of Scotland.
On a different note, many thanks for all of you who have kindly sent me cards and Christmas and New Year good wishes. If I do not manage to reciprocate personally, please forgive me, but I have received a very considerable number of messages. One surprising and charming Christmas card has arrived from Terra Firma, Elish Angiolini`s Chambers. I do hope that it has not been sent to me in error.
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2011
I attempted to speak to the Lord Advocate, Frank Mulholland, today, regarding his failure to respond to my email requesting an explanation about the events of 15th November, as I have good reason to believe that confidential information (albeit inaccurate and premature) about my case was disclosed to a third party not involved (The Scottish Sun).
As the details so far available indicate that this leak came from the Crown Office, I feel that it is entirely reasonable that an explanation should be provided to me.
My call today, on 0131 226 2626, was taken by a male who described himself as a security man, who proceeded to tell me that he was under orders not to put my calls through to anyone in the Crown Office! He refused to identify himself.
These are public officials who are refusing to respond to a request directly concerning me, that must be regarded as reasonable, given the circumstances and the contents of the article in the Scottish Law Reporter.
There is the separate issue of whether there existed a conspiracy against me between the Crown Office and my former Senior Counsel, Frances McMenamin QC. She too has failed to respond to my request for an explanation, so I have approached the Faculty of Advocates for advice as to how to formulate a complaint against her.
The editor of the Scottish Sun, David Dinsmore, has similarly refused to comment on the statements attributed to one of his paper`s journalists.
If no serious irregularity has taken place, why does this wall of silence exist?
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2011
The issue highlighted in the recent article in the Scottish Law Reporter remains unresolved, owing to the continued refusal of those involved to respond to my requests.
On Tuesday morning, 15th November, a reporter from the Scottish Sun arrived at Stonehaven Court, stating the reason as having been informed by the Crown Office that a deal had been done in which I would plead guilty to the charges. No such deal had been done, nor would I envisage making any deal with a body as transparently and blatantly corrupt as the Crown Office in Scotland. Significantly, the Scottish Sun had hitherto shown no obvious interest in the plight of Hollie nor my own case.
Curiously, after repeatedly been informed for many months that my position vis-a-vis the Crown was a fundamentally strong one, at ten that morning, my Senior Counsel suddenly informed me that if I was not willing to change my plea to guilty, she was no longer prepared to represent me. Naturally, I flatly declined this unwelcome offer.
Since then, the Scottish Sun reporter`s information points to a conspiracy behind my back between the Crown Office and my ex-Senior Counsel, even to the extent of disclosing this important issue of which I knew nothing to a third party not involved in the case. It has also been stated that the Crown Office had already prepared a press release.
I have given my former Senior Counsel, Frances McMenamin, several days to offer an explanation and extended the same courtesy to Lord Advocate Frank Mulholland and Scottish Sun editor David Dinsmore, since it would not be appropriate to make serious allegations over this incident without offering those thought to be involved an opportunity to provide an explanation.
It must be said that no response has yet been received to my polite enquiries.
I am due back in Stonehaven Court on Wednesday 21st December, the hearing being held purely to discuss the defence`s citation to call the Crown`s Chief Prosecutor Stephen McGowan as a witness. McGowan is also currently playing a part into investigations against Procurator Fiscal Anne Currie`s clear attempt to mislead Sheriff Valerie Johnston on 13th April 2011. McGowan has already made a false statement to the investigation`s director over the content of his own statement in open court, again before Sheriff Johnston, on the 18th August 2011.
Furthermore, McGowan also made a misleading and inaccurate statement about Elish Angiolini`s role in the Hollie Greig case in a letter to Anne Greig on 4th December 2009.
It does not seem reasonable to believe, under Article 6(1) of the European Court of Human rights, that I could ever receive a fair trial in Scotland.
Finally, I have had the most kind offers again from loyal and courageous people to attend the hearing, but do not know if there will be much excitement and am concerned over the time, expense and travel at this time of the year, so I should not be at all disappointed to be there merely with my new legal team.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2011
The Scottish Law Reporter publishes another disturbing story about the ongoing transparent bias displayed against me by the Crown Office, this time hinting at something even deeper- a possible conspiracy.
The reporter in question in the article is from the Scottish Sun.
Many similar instances of malpractice in this case have occurred, beginning with my exposing Elish Angiolini`s established misconduct in 2009 and 2010 as highlighted in previous blogs.
On 4th December 2009, Procurator Fiscal Stephen McGowan made a false statement about the involvement of Elish Angiolini in the Hollie Greig case. He has since made a false statement to an official investigation in regards to his statement in open court on 18th August 2011. Despite being asked to remove himself as chief prosecutor by my defence lawyers, he still refuses to go. He has also been served a citation to appear as a key witness for the defence. A further hearing at Stonehaven about this sole issue will take place on 21st December.
On the 12th and 13th February 2010, I was arrested and charged in Aberdeen and had my home in Cheshire raided, in which my entire defence was stolen and has not yet been returned to me. Of course, my computer was among the many items taken. Curiously, the father and brother of Hollie never even had their computers checked, which is standard police procedure when individuals are accused of serious sexual offences.
It tok sixteen months of evasions before Grampian Police provided a copy of the search warrant, to find that it had been signed by Sheriff Patrick Davies, a close associate of one of the accused.
My arrest was authorised by Elish Angiolini, the personi had earlier publicly exposed for malpractice whilst holding the office of Lord Advocate.
Sheriff Davies went on to officiate at four subsequent hearings, including one closed session on 30th April 2010, denying me the opportunity to campaign as candidate for te Aberdeen South constituency by making a provably inaccurate statement in one of his reasons for doing so.
On 13th April 2011, in open court, Procurator Fiscal Anne Currie misled Sheriff Valerie Johnston regarding witnesses she falsely and deliberately stated were suffering from trauma, in an attempt to procure a miscarriage of justice against me. She is currently subject to an official investigation as a result and has continued to lie to the investigator about the content of her statement.
Around this time, the Scottish Legal Aid Board were persistently attempting to deny me Legal Aid. A member of the Board is Douglas Haggarty QC, a convicted sex offender, who had been apprehended in a public toilet in Glasgow with a 17-year-old male prostitute. Such is the calibre of those in whose hands my freedom depends.
On the afternoon of 14th November 2011, six hours after the trial had begun, I was told that the prosecution had suddenly produced sixty-one witness statements, none of which had been disclosed to me and I have still yet to see.
Now we have the highly suspicious incident that took place on 15th November 2011, after my Senior Counsel had unexpectedly and inexplicibly suggested that I change my plea to guilty, just hours after being led to believe that the Crown`s position was hopeless.
Given its obligations to objectivity, balance and impartiality, do you think the Crown Office is fit to prosecute me?
MONDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2011
On the 16th January, my trial is due to resume in Stonehaven.
I intend to call Elish Angiolini, former Lord Advocate, as a witness for the defence. Angiolini has been a central figure in the Hollie Greig since she decided, in 2000, as Procurator Fiscal , to quash any attempt at an investigation after Hollie had named prominent members of the Aberdeen establishment among her attackers.
Moreover, when later challenged about her involvement in 2009, when she was Lord Advocate, she lied about her connection, which was clearly established by documentary evidence held from the relevant period.
Angiolini`s misconduct did not end there.
Later in 2009, Angiolini, using Peter Watson, of private law firm Levy & McRae in her personal capacity, threatened organs of the media both in Scotland and beyond, if they should mention details of her earlier involvement in the case. When challenged as to how Levy & McRae had been paid for its services, Angiolini refused to respond. Clearly this led to a strong suspicion that Scottish taxpayers` money had been misappropriated for the Lord Advocate`s personal use and potential private financial gain.
This suspicion was compounded when the Freedom of Information Commissioner took up the case in November 2010. Until Angiolini`s departure from office on 5th May 2011, this important issue remained unresolved due to her continual failure to answer,
On the 4th July 2011, the eminent Ian Hamilton QC, as reported in The Drum magazine, objected to Mrs Angiolini being accepted into the Faculty of Advocates, stating “Although holding the public office of Lord Advocate, she persistently refused to answer questions put to her under the Freedom of Information Act.”
Such conduct from the head of the justice system is transparently unacceptable and against the public interest. In fact, having successfully exposed Angiolini, it was she who was responsible for my being arrested and charged on 12th February 2010, a blatant case of a conflict of interest, furthermore reasonably indicating a possible motive of personal retribution against me.
It will be most interesting to observe how the former Lord Advocate behaves under cross-examination, where it is hoped that the truth about her conduct will be publicly established.
It should not be overlooked that it is largely due to the failings of Elish Angiolini that has led to the existence of the Hollie Greig campaign. If she had initially carried out her public duties properly, the matter would have been dealt with appropriately and all concerned, whether victims or alleged perpetrators, would have been treated fairly under the protection of the law.
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2011
The event was most interesting, attended by a wide range of experts in the field of ritual abuse as well as a number of distinguished guests and fellow speakers, which included two young but extremely efficient police officers from South Wales, who have recently brought to justice members of a satanic paedophile ring operating in Kidwelly. If only there had been officers of similar calibre in the Grampian area, then the whole Hollie Greig campaign would have been unnecessary, as I have no doubt that the proper investigations that Hollie, Anne and the Aberdeen public are entitled to expect from its police force would have been carried out.
A number of members of the Commons and the Lords attended the meeting and the level of potential support and interest in Hollie`s case was extremely encouraging. I was very grateful to be given the opportunity to address a meeting of this kind and every effort will be made to build on these important contacts.
Thank you again for the kind messages of support I received prior to the event.
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2011
Throughout all the state`s innumerable attempts to obstruct and pervert the course of justice in relation to Hollie`s case and those related to it, none could be more blatant than the continued failure of the Scottish establishment to conduct a full investigation into the death of Hollie`s much-loved uncle, Robert David Greig, found in a burning stationary car in a remote lane to the north of Aberdeen on the night of 17th November 1997.
After a good deal of persistence, I received an anonymous email from the Crown Office on 30th August, stating that it had been concluded that Mr Greig had died by suicide.
Although a great deal of information, much of a documentary nature, has since clearly and overwhelmingly indicated murder, all the circumstances, even at the time of his death, pointed to foul play. I shall be laying out full details of the evidence and circumstances in a future blog, but what I can say is that suicide by fire is a very rare occurrence, Grampian Police admitting that during the past ten years, there has only been recorded one such similar event. This did not prevent the authorities concluding, in a document I hold, that Mr Greig had committed suicide just four hours after his death.
The NHS has also recently confirmed that it has no knowledge that any medical reports were ever requested about Mr Greig`s health by any investigating body and Robert Greig`s next-of-kin was never questioned about this vital aspect.
Many interested parties, including MP Andrew George, have stated that there appears to be a lot of evidence relating to these issues that point in one direction only, indicating that the whole case deserves a thorough review.
I have recently contacted the current Lord Advocate, Frank Mulholland on three occasions, not only requesting the identity of the author of the Crown Office`s email, but also asking him to endorse the statement about Robert Greig`s suicide if he believes that to be true.
The Lord Advocate has refused to do this.
Thank you to all those who have sent me their good wishes in connection with the coming speech in the House of Commons on Wednesday.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2011
On Wednesday, 30th November, I am due to address Members of Parliament at a meeting in the House of Commons on the Hollie Greig case, which is an indication of how widely the case is being followed and at a high level.
Meanwhile there is an article in the Scottish Law Reporter suggesting bias against me by the Crown Office after the successful exposure of Elish Angiolini.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2011
I would like to register my deep appreciation to all those who travelled to Stonehaven to support me during the recent court hearings. I regard you as true, brave and compassionate patriots who are a real credit to Scotland.
Thank you also to those who travelled all the way from England.
It was a wonderful gesture by all of you and gave me great comfort by your presence.
Thank you so much.
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2011
Sheriff Principal Bowen heard the application of Edinburgh Procurator Fiscal Stephen McGowan`s request to remain as Crown Prosecutor, despite having been called as a witness for the defence.
Mr Alan MacLeod, for the defence, stated that as he was part of a new legal team and that time was needed to assimilate all the copious and complex evidence, requested that the trial be delayed until 16th January at the earliest. This was opposed by Grampian Area Procurator Fiscal Anne Currie, who wished for the trial to go ahead as quickly as possible in the interests of the Crown witnesses. Mr MacLeod responded that if the sheriff accepted this, the whole defence team would have to withdraw as it would be impossible and unreasonable for them to prepare its case in a short amount of time, given its undoubted complexity.
Sheriff Bowen accepted the defence`s plea and ruled that the trial should commence on 16th January and that an interim hearing to resolve the issue of Mr McGowan`s refusal to recuse himself should be heard on 21st December.
The sheriff also voiced his concerns about the rising costs of pursuing the case.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2011
Further to the article in the “Scottish Law Reporter”, it has been pointed out to me that there is a marked contrast between the massive efforts made by the police and COPFS to prosecute me for Breach of the Peace and their failure to prosecute anyone in relation to the alleged sexual abuse of Hollie Greig by a paedophile ring.
I would remind everyone that Hollie received a payment of £13,500 from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority in spite of the fact that no-one was ever charged with any crime. I am well aware that the standard of proof required to justify a compensation payment is less than that to secure a criminal conviction, however, what can be established beyond reasonable doubt is that no investigation worthy of the name was carried out by Grampian Police following Hollie’s allegations.
The so-called “investigation” consisted of one interview each with two members of Hollie’s family.
The other alleged abusers were not interviewed due to the fact that their names did not appear on police records and the police could not establish any links between them.
The other persons whom Hollie named as victims were not interviewed.
To the best of my knowledge, no attempt was made to gather forensic evidence.
There were no searches made of any of the properties where abuse was alleged to have taken place.
No attempt was made to have Hollie questioned by a doctor or a psychiatrist.
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2011
I arrived early at court today for a meeting with my legal team and received some unexpected news. They advised me that, having looked at all the evidence, I should plead guilty. I then told them that I had no intention of changing my not guilty plea, which left them no alternative but to stand down. We left on good terms and I thank them for their efforts.
In the courtroom, where the Crown was represented by Anne Currie, the Sheriff adjourned the trial until Monday 21st November to allow me the opportunity to assemble a new legal team.
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2011
Twenty-one months after my arrest my trial has finally got underway at Stonehaven in front of Sheriff Principal Edward Bowen.
After a morning of legal arguments my defence team served a witness citation during the lunch break on Stephen McGowan. As Mr McGowan is the Procurator Fiscal representing the Crown in this case, this citation may have put him in an awkward position and he asked for the case to be adjourned until tomorrow to allow him to consider his position.
My team took this action as the documents produced by the Crown in evidence included correspondence between myself and Mr McGowan, dated before my arrest, relating to the decision by the Procurator Fiscal not to prosecute anyone in relation to the allegations of sexual abuse made by Hollie Greig.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2011
The Crown Office, represented by Anne Currie, have claimed, inter alia, that I conducted myself in a disorderly manner at various locations in Edinburgh. I believe she is referring to August 21st 2010 when I handed out leaflets in Scotland’s capital. You can watch this video and decide for yourself whether or not I am conducting myself in a disorderly manner.
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2011
In my blog on September 6th I pointed out the inconsistency between two statements made by the Crown at intermediate diets in April and August.
I wrote to the Crown Office asking for an explanation of this matter and have now received a belated response from Mr David B Harvie, Director of Serious Casework.
I will quote from Mr Harvie’s response:
“You claim that, in opposing your motion to adjourn, Ms Currie indicated that there were 50 Crown witnesses available for the period of the trial and that half were vulnerable witnesses suffering from trauma as a result of your alleged conduct….. Ms Currie made it clear to the sheriff that she was using the word “vulnerable” in the everyday meaning of the word. The sheriff could not therefore have considered Ms Currie was referring to the specific legal definition of “vulnerable witness” found in section 271 of the Criminal Procedure of the Criminal Procedure (Scotland) Act 1995.”
This statement is quite simply untrue. I was standing approximately ten feet from Anne Currie when she referred to “vulnerable witnesses” and, unless she used some form of secret code, she made absolutely no attempt to clarify that she was using the word “vulnerable” in it’s everyday sense. Several other persons in court on the day will also be able to vouch for this.
I would point out that on the day when Anne Currie referred to “vulnerable witnesses suffering from trauma”, I was forced to represent myself in court as my Legal Aid application had been refused at that stage.
Mr Harvie goes on to say:
“…you have misunderstood what was said to the presiding sheriff at the intermediate diet on 18 August by Mr McGowan. He advised the court that there were 18 complainers. this is not equivalent to stating that there are 18 witnesses.”
Once again this statement is simply untrue. I have a very clear recollection that Stephen McGowan referred to “18 civilian witnesses”, and other persons in court on the day share this recollection. The comment was made in the context of the Crown arguing that the trial should not be delayed, so the number of witnesses was relevant but the number of complainers was not.
I am deeply concerned that the Crown Office’s response to my complaint should contain two untrue statements. I have advised Mr Harvie of these errors, and when he establishes the facts it may well be that he re-considers his opinion that “the conduct of the Area Procurator Fiscal for Grampian on 13 April 2011 was entirely appropriate”.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2011
On various occasions between 1 June 2009 and 7 December 2010 at (various Aberdeen addresses) High Street, Princes Street Gardens and Meadowbank Stadium, all Edinburgh you did conduct yourself in a disorderly manner, conduct a public campaign of harassment against named persons, send and cause to be delivered letters, leaflets, emails etc to various persons, post or cause to be posted articles etc on internet websites, take part in online radio broadcasts and internet discussions and by said means repeatedly make allegations of sexual abuse of named children, murder and complicity in murder and the suppression of evidence against AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA (SIXTEEN NAMES REDACTED), place them in a state of fear and alarm for their safety, in particular to the alleged victims of sexual abuse, causing the apprehension of a serious public disturbance in Aberdeen and elsewhere in the UK and commit a breach of the peace.
On various occasions between 5 March 2010 and 7 December 2010 you failed to comply with bail conditions in that you participated in television and radio broadcasts and online discussions using the internet regarding the allegations libelled against you and participated in public meetings, distributed leaflets, contacted other individuals and placed adverts in the Evening Express and Press & Journal regarding the allegations libelled against you.
You did between 22 April 2010 and 7 December 2010 participate in online and telephone discussions which were not for the sole purpose of social contact with friends and family in breach of your bail conditions.
On 14 August 2010 you sent emails to (TWO NAMES REDACTED) that were grossly offensive or of an indecent, obscene or menacing character, in that said messages related to allegations of sexual abuse of children and murder contrary to the Communications Act 2003.
On 1 September 2010 you sent emails to (ONE NAME REDACTED) that were grossly offensive or of an indecent, obscene or menacing character, in that said messages related to allegations of sexual abuse of children and murder contrary to the Communications Act 2003.
Although there has been little or no coverage in the mainstream media of my own case, the newspapers do report on some of the other blatant abuses of the criminal justice system in Scotland.
In the latest case, a widow is claiming that her husband’s death was not properly investigated by Lothian and Borders police.
Martin Douglas was killed after being hit by a car in Edinburgh. The driver drove off, but a charge of leaving the scene of the crime was dropped in spite of the fact that there were 58 witnesses. The driver was not breathalysed and there are discrepancies between the police accident report and the pathologists report.
The driver has recently been revealed as an off-duty police officer, who last year was pictured meeting “Justice” Secretary, Kenny MacAskill.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2011
I am facing a charge of Breach of the Peace which is defined in Scots Law as: “conduct severe enough to cause alarm to ordinary people and threaten serious disturbance to the community”.
The legal firm, Levy and MacRae, who have played a prominent role themselves in the Hollie Greig case, state that: “Breach of the peace is designed to protect the community at large, not guard against an affront to individuals based on their own character.”
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2011
Following yet another intermediate diet at Stonehaven it now appears certain that my trial will commence on November 14th. As I have no intention of changing my plea of Not Guilty the only realistic scenario which could cause the trial not to go ahead would be if the Crown was to drop the charges. The trial is still expected to last for 2 weeks.
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2011
My latest court appearance, which necessitated a 700 mile round trip, lasted approximately 30 seconds and it was decided that my next intermediate diet would take place on November 2nd.
The trial diet remains scheduled for November 14th, although this is not set in stone.
I have been reliably informed that the ex-Lord Advocate, Elish Angiolini, was personally involved in the decision to arrest me in February 2010.
Finally, I would like to express my gratitude at the response to my request for letters in support of my actions to be used at my trial. I am most impressed by both the quantity and quality of the letters.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2011
Congratulations to Peter Cherbi for unearthing another legal scandal in Scotland involving both the Crown Office and “Justice” Secretary, Kenny MacAskill. It almost goes without saying that the mainstream media are not reporting this matter.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2011
On the 14th November, I am to stand trial at Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire on a breach of the peace charge. Due to the anticipated large number of witnesses, the proceedings are set to last for two weeks.
The terms of my defence will ensure that this trial becomes a test case, not only for the future of the freedom of the press, but also impacts on freedom of speech. I shall stand on the right of a journalist to publish what he believes to be the truth and is in the public interest. My excellent legal team, led by the eminent Frances McMenamin QC, feel that the success of my defence may be enhanced by having letters produced in Court from those who have supported my actions in bringing the Hollie Greig case into the public domain and believe my stance to be justified in the public interest.
Thus, I would be most grateful to anyone who feels that they can support me in this way.
The letters must be hard copies, sent by mail, not email. To be valid, they must contain the address, name and signature of the sender and be addressed in the following manner, to enable me to forward them to my solicitor, Mr Gerry Sweeney, and then onward to be placed before the Sheriff. It should open with “To whom it may concern”.
Here is the address,
c/o Robert Green
4 Birchdale Road
Cheshire WA4 5AR
This issue, I believe, is of importance far beyond the parameters of the case itself. It revolves around the concept of openness versus secrecy in our society. It must now be obvious to any reasonable person following the Hollie Greig case that the degree of secrecy involving senior state officials in trying to obstruct and pervert the course of justice by making clandestine agreements behind closed doors is completely unacceptable in any civilised and democratic society.
May I thank everyone who has supported Hollie, Anne and me throughout the campaign and hope that you may be able to help in this regard. The letters do not need to be lengthy, nor particularly detailed. All that is requested is a statement that you support my position before the Court.
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2011
Our primary aim is very simple. We want Justice for Hollie and the first step in that process must be for the police to conduct an open-minded and thorough investigation of her various allegations.
Irrespective of the outcome of these investigations, we also want a full public enquiry into the failure to properly investigate the allegations in 2000 and the reasons why various public bodies have, not only denied Hollie justice, but actively persecuted her and her mother.
Regrettably, I do not believe we will achieve these twin aims as a result of the authorities recognising that this is the right and proper thing to do. I believe that we will only achieve them as a result of widespread public pressure being brought to bear on the authorities. Therefore it is essential that, not only do we do everything we can to generate awareness of Hollie’s case, but that we must always take care to present both ourselves and the case as being wholly credible and serious. We are seeking much greater coverage in the mainstream media, and I believe that this will happen, but we must always convey the message in the correct manner.
We must take great care not to present Hollie’s case as part of a greater conspiracy. It is humanitarian single-issue campaign with no connection to any other cause. We cannot afford to be distracted by irrelevant issues.
We must avoid exaggeration or speculation about the possible motives behind the failure to investigate the allegations. The facts are so powerful that they do not require any embellishment.
On a related theme, I am often asked to endorse or assist other anti-paedophile campaigns. The scale of child abuse, both in the UK and abroad, appears to be horrific and I applaud those who are genuinely trying to combat this evil and to raise awareness. However, as I am fully committed to the Hollie Greig case, I regret that I am unable to actively support any other causes.
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2011
Regular readers of this blog will know that I do not hold Scotland’s “Justice” Secretary, Kenny MacAskill, in high regard. Nevertheless a recent statement made by Mr MacAskill can be regarded as positive news for our campaign.
The first step for Hollie to achieve justice must be for the allegations she has made to be thoroughly investigated by the police. As Grampian Police’s previous “investigations” can best be described as a whitewash, it is difficult to imagine how they could possibly launch a proper investigation at this time.
Thanks to Mr MacAskill’s plan to merge the Scottish police forces, Grampian Police will soon cease to exist and we can look forward to a new police force investigating Hollie’s allegations without being weighed down by the baggage of the past.
At the same time, Mr MacAskill has announced that all Scotland’s fire services will be merged, which will spell the end for Grampian Fire Service, who ludicrously failed to provide Anne Greig with information about the death of her brother, Roy, as they claimed this would infringe the deceased’s human rights.
Thank you Mr MacAskill for your “accidental” boost to Hollie’s quest for justice.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2011
On Thursday 25th August, I was interviewed live on the Edge Media (Sky Channel 200) programme On The Edge, with regard to many aspects of the Hollie Greig case. Of course, I strongly criticised individuals and organisations I believe responsible for their conduct and obstructing the course of justice.
A statement was subsequently published by Edge Media that I was willing to engage in open, live debate with any of those named who considered my remarks to be unfair or inaccurate. The TV station has made it known that it is prepared to offer its faciities to enable such a debate to take place.
To date, not one person or organisation so named has been prepared to accept the challenge.
The overall invitation still holds, but I would particularly wish to invite Kenny MacAskill, the Scottish Justice Secretary to come forward. When I last challenged him publicly at a pre-election meeting in Edinburgh in April, he refused to comment on the grounds that I was facing criminal charges. This was, of course, a bluff, as such as discussion is completely outwith the terms of the charges against me as it focuses on the conduct of the Scottish government and other public bodies, not on mine.
As it is my policy to take people on face-to-face if I choose to criticise them, I have always invited opponents to come forward for debate throughout the Hollie Greig campaign, but so far, none holding public office have accepted.
I firmly believe that it is in the public interest for all aspects of the Hollie Greig case to be openly debated rather than swept under the carpet.
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2011
On April 13th of this year I attended Stonehaven Sheriff Court for an intermediate diet. I was forced to represent myself, as at that time my Legal Aid had been withdrawn. I asked the court to delay the trial, which at that time was scheduled to commence in June to allow me time to deal with the Legal Aid issues.
The Crown, represented by Anne Currie, the Area Procurator Fiscal for Grampian, strongly objected to this and claimed that the trial date should not be altered as they had 50 witnesses scheduled to attend, half of whom were “vulnerable” as they had suffered “trauma” due to my actions.
On that occasion Sheriff Val Johnston agreed with the Crown’s view and the trial date was maintained until the next intermediate diet.
At the latest intermediate diet which took place on August 18th the Crown, on this occasion represented by a male fiscal whose name I do not know, stated that they had only 18 civilian witness and there was no mention of any trauma they had suffered. The Crown confirmed that no application whatsoever had been made to the Court in relation to any of the vulnerable witnesses referred to by Anne Currie.
I referred to a medical dictionary which defined “trauma” as: “A severely disturbing experience that leads to lasting psychological or emotional impairment.” I would expect that if anyone had suffered trauma as a result of my actions that they would have claimed damages against me in a civil court case but this has not happened.
I am at a loss to understand why, in the space of four months, the number of witnesses against me has reduced dramatically and also how those vulnerable witnesses appeared to have recovered from the trauma they were suffering.
It has been suggested to me that perhaps the Crown exaggerated the case against me at the Intermediate Diet in order to press ahead to a trial at a time when I had no defence team due to the withdrawal of Legal Aid. I will be asking the Crown to provide a full explanation of the comments made in court in April.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 2011
The ongoing Hollie Greig case is so complicated that I believe it is worthwhile to recap the key facts.
In 2000, Hollie, a twenty year old woman with Downs Syndrome, told her mother, Anne, that she had been abused over many years by a paedophile ring in her home town of Aberdeen.
These allegations were reported to Grampian Police but their “investigation” was extremely limited. They only interviewed 2 members of the alleged ring on one occasion each and failed to interview any of the other 6 children named by Hollie as fellow-victims. There were no searches made at any of the properties where the abuse was alleged to have taken place and no medical experts were asked to assist.
Shortly after the allegations were made, Anne was forcibly sectioned against her will in Cornhill Psychiatric Hospital in Aberdeen where she was held for 3 days. It is a matter of public record that this sectioning was initiated by Grampian Police. Anne has no history of mental illness and, within a few weeks of her release from Cornhill, she was assessed by an independent psychiatrist who pronounced her perfectly sane.
In 2005, Hollie was awarded £13,500 from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority, in spite of the fact that no-one had ever been charged with any offence. The CICA based it’s award on evidence from medical experts, including the eminent psychologist Dr Eva Harding who stated unequivocally that Hollie had been sexually abused.
Anne and Hollie did not regard this payout as a satisfactory conclusion and were determined to see the abusers brought to justice. However they were continually frustrated in their attempts by officialdom and felt as if they were banging their heads against a brick wall.
In 2009, I began to assist Anne and Hollie and, after encountering the same type of problems when trying to achieve justice through the official channels, I was encouraged when I was approached by the BBC who asked if they could produce a documentary about the case. However this proved to be another disappointment as, after two months working on the programme, the BBC abruptly decided to halt production.
In October 2009, in an attempt to break the impasse, I named the members of the alleged paedophile ring at a public meeting in Edinburgh. This prompted some limited media coverage in publications including “The Firm” and “UK Column”. In December 2009, Scotland’s most senior legal official, the Lord Advocate Elish Angiolini, issued a warning letter to various media outlets via the Glasgow legal firm Levy & MacRae, asking them not to publicise the case. Mrs Angiolini has declined to answer a Freedom of Information request asking whether she used public funds to pay for this action.
Early in 2010, I announced my intention to stand as a General Election candidate in an Aberdeen constituency. On February 12th 2010 I visited Aberdeen with the intention of distributing leaflets to launch my campaign. Before I could do this however, I was arrested by plain clothes police officers and charged with Breach of the Peace. I was released subject to bail conditions which prohibited me from entering Aberdeenshire or using the internet and required me to report to my local police station thrice weekly. Such is the complexity of the case that I have been awarded Legal Aid to fund a high calibre legal team led by Frances McMenamin QC. My trial is scheduled to commence on November 14th 2011 and is expected to last for two weeks.
MONDAY, AUGUST 29, 2011
The Equality and Human Rights Commission have challenged the refusal of Grampian Fire Service to produce the incident report into the death of Roy Greig, Hollie’s uncle, in 1997. Peter Murray of the Fire Service had put forward the bizarre arguement that doing so would breach the dead man’s human rights.
Why on earth would they be so reluctant to release this report ?
FRIDAY, AUGUST 26, 2011
Thanks to Butlin Cat for uploading videos of my TV appearance onto YouTube.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 24, 2011
I was alerted to a newspaper headline in which Colin McKerracher, Chief Constable of Grampian Police, declares he is “horrified”. This seemed promising, so I read on.
Was he horrified to realise that Grampian Police had failed to properly investigate the abuse allegations made by Hollie Greig ?
Was he horrified to learn of the part Grampian Police played in the sectioning of Hollie’s mother, Anne ?
Was he horrified to discover some of the facts surrounding the suspicious death of Hollie’s uncle, Roy ?
Was he horrified that Grampian Police had arrested myself for Breach of the Peace for attempting to get Hollie’s story heard ?
In fact ,it is none of the above. Mr McKerracher is horrified at the prospect of a single police force in Scotland. Why is Mr McKerracher so vocal about this matter when he remains silent about the Hollie Greig case ?
TUESDAY, AUGUST 23, 2011
I will be interviewed by AlexG on the Controversial TV programme, “On The Edge”, which will be broadcast live on Thursday 25th August at 8pm (UK Time) on Sky Channel 200. The programme will be repeated at 8pm on both Saturday 3rd September and Tuesday 6th September.
I plan to disclose information about the Hollie Greig case which has not yet been made public, although I must stress that I have no intention of breaking my bail conditions.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 19, 2011
Yesterday I attended Stonehaven Sheriff Court for the tenth time. My defence team argued that my trial should be delayed until after the verdicts are delivered in 2 other cases which may have a significant bearing on the interpretation of Human Rights law. I am pleased to be able to report that this was accepted by the Sheriff.
The trial is now due to begin on November 14th and is expected to last at least 2 weeks.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 17, 2011
Yesterday the Press and Journal reported on the case of Kevin McLeod, who died in mysterious circumstances in the North of Scotland in 1997. His family are extremely unhappy about the police investigation into his death.
1997 was also the year in which Roy Greig, Hollie’s uncle, died in mysterious circumstances. The plot has thickened in recent months with the links to the murder committed by male nurse, Malcolm Webster, and the bizarre refusal of Grampian Fire Service to release reports as this would breach the deceased’s human rights.
It was reported that Sylvester Cadger, who received a bravery award for attempting to rescue Roy Greig, was assisted in his efforts by a nurse, whose name has never been revealed.
Car fire rescue man’s award
29 September 1998
An offshore worker who risked his life in a vain bid to save a driver from a blazing car was today presented with a top bravery award. Father-of-six Sylvester Cadger from Belhelvie received a Royal Humane Society testimonial to his courage – and admitted he was still amazed to be given the honour.
“I just did my best and was very surprised to be receiving any award, it was the last thing I expected,” said the modest 41-year-old today. Mr Cadger, who works on the Beryl Bravo platform 180-miles off Aberdeen, was driving on the Ellon-Aberdeen road late at night last November when he spotted the car on fire on a track close to the A90.
Finding the vehicle’s engine compartment ablaze, he spotted a figure slumped in the car which was smoke-filled with parts of the interior smouldering. “The car became an inferno, but I had to get the driver out of there,” said Mr Cadger.
Despite suffering burns, he dragged the man clear and desperately tried to revive him.
“He was not breathing, and I tried CPR (cardio pulmonary resuscitation) for about 20 minutes, but there was no sign of life.
“I did all I could. I’m only sorry it wasn’t enough to save the poor chap.” A passing nurse joined Mr Cadger in attempting to revive the man, bar manager Robert Greig, 53, but he was found to be dead when taken to hospital by ambulance.
The Humane Society accolade was handed over at a meeting of Formartine area committee today by its chairperson councillor Alison McInnes, at an Ellon ceremony attended by Grampian Police Chief Constable Andrew Brown.
MONDAY, AUGUST 15, 2011
In 1974, US President Richard Nixon was forced to resign from office in the wake of the Watergate affair. There was no suggestion that Nixon had any knowledge of the break-in to the office of his political opponents, but he was implicated in attempts to cover this matter up. Had Nixon simply held his hands up at an early stage and admitted that some of his subordinates had done wrong and would have to face the consequences of their actions then the Watergate affair would have been a storm in a teacup.
In the Hollie Greig case, it is important to distinguish between the allegations of abuse, which Hollie said took place between 1986 and 2000, and the failure of various arms of the state to properly deal with the allegations and to protect a vulnerable person. These failures continue to this day and include:
~ Grampian Police failing to interview alleged abusers and fellow victims named by Hollie
~ Aberdeen City Council Social Work department organising the brutal sectioning of Anne Greig
~ Shropshire Council and West Mercia Police breaking into Anne and Hollie’s home
~ My arrest for Breach of the Peace by plain clothes officers of Grampian Police and the subsequent imposition of draconian bail conditions requested by the Crown Office
~ The former Lord Advocate, Elish Angiolini, writing to various newspapers warning them not to publish the story
Today, the First Minister of Scotland, Alex Salmond, finds himself in a similar position to Richard Nixon in the 1970’s. He is aware of a scandal which, although he has no direct personal involvement in it, has the potential to cause his government huge embarrassment.
Regrettably, Salmond has given no indication that he will take the only morally correct course of action and instigate a proper criminal investigation of Hollie’s allegations and an enquiry into why so many arms of the state have actively sought to deny her justice.
Therefore, Salmond’s own conduct and suitability for high office must be called into question and I have learned of an organisation which considers complaints against the First Minister. However my faith in the independence and integrity of this organisation took a blow when I learned today that they had appointed two former Lord Advocates as “advisers”. They are Lord Fraser, whose role in the Lockerbie trial was highly controversial, and the “Dame of Shame” herself, Elish Angiolini.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 12, 2011
In the front page headline in yesterday’s “Scotsman” newspaper, Alex Salmond claimed that Scotland was a safer place than England.
It appears to me that Scotland can only be described as “safe” if you are a paedophile as you can commit vile crimes without even being questioned by the police. Furthermore any person who attempts to bring these crimes to public attention can expect to be either forcibly sectioned or charged with breach of the peace and thrown into the cells.
I also find it highly ironic that the justice system appears to be able to spring into action to deal with those accused of offences committed in the riots in English cities. What a contrast to the years, if not decades, which it takes to bring paedophiles to justice.
I also note that David Cameron is vocal in his condemnation of the looters. Can we expect similar statements demanding tough action against paedophiles ?
As the Crown Office believes that there is a “serious risk of civil unrest” if I enter Aberdeen, I am somewhat apprehensive that I may be held responsible for the rioting in Liverpool and Manchester, as I live within 20 miles of both cities.
TUESDAY, AUGUST 9, 2011
I have been informed that the Westboro Baptist Church plan to picket Queens Cross Church in Aberdeen on October 30th. Although the Westboro Baptist Church is an extremely controversial organisation, I will not deviate from my policy of refusing to comment on issues which are unrelated to the Hollie Greig case.
However it has been pointed out to me, that it is somewhat ironic that this organisation are permiited to enter Aberdeen, whereas I am not, as the Crown Office maintains there would be “a serious risk of civil unrest” if I were to enter the city.
The Westboro Baptist Church have prepared a flyer announcing their visit, the text of which is reproduced below. I am unaware of any moves by Grampian Police to make any arrests for “Breach of the Peace” in respect of this.
IT’S STARTING TO LOOK LIKE SCOTLAND IS DOOMED! WBC will picket the Church of Scotland Ecumenical Autumn Conference, Friday, Oct. 28, Edinburgh, in warning: GOD WILL DROP-KICK YOUR LYING FALSE PROPHETS INTO HELL!
WBC will picket Queen’s Cross Church, Sunday, Oct. 30, Aberdeen, to warn you: BEWARE THE POWER OF THE DOG/FAG!The Scotsman reports the Church of Scotland – the Kirk – has decided to “dialogue” about letting fags and dykes be preachers. http://www.scotsman.com/news/US-church-targets-Kirk-stand.6810332.jp What? Are you people crazy? And you let nasty practicing fags called Affirmation Scotland in the room to shape the question? Vomit-and-feces-coated dog “Rev.” Scott Rennie, an open fag running a whorehouse masquerading as a church in Aberdeen, is large and in charge, telling the Kirk what doctrine to have about fags. Have you lost your mind? What part of “Thou shalt not lie with mankind as with womankind, it is abomination,” (Lev. 18:22) don’t you understand? What part of “They who do such things are worthy of death” (Rom. 1:32) is unclear to you lying whore false prophets? No “same-sex relationships,” you murdering merciless bastards! “Thus saith the LORD concerning the prophets that make my people err, that bite with their teeth, and cry, Peace; and he that putteth not into their mouths, they even prepare war against him. Therefore night shall be unto you, that ye shall not have a vision; and it shall be dark unto you, that ye shall not divine; and the sun shall go down over the prophets, and the day shall be dark over them.” Micah 3:5-6
FRIDAY, AUGUST 5, 2011
Greg Lance-Watkins was introduced to myself in early 2009 as a person who would be able to assist in the Hollie Greig campaign by virtue of his media contacts and his past experience in dealing with cases of child abuse and miscarriages of justice. With his cut-glass accent and talk of being educated at Cambridge and Sandhurst, he cut an impressive figure and he proved a valuable member of the team in the early days. He ran the “Stolen Kids” blog, which was an invaluable repository of information, and his contacts helped to get the story of Hollie’s compensation payment into the “News Of The World”.
From day one, Watkins was not an easy person to get along with. Highly opinionated, he adopted a belligerent attitude and often tried to cajole me into helping in his other campaigns, which generally related to opposing the EU. As he told myself and other members of the team that he was suffering from cancer, this earned him a degree of sympathy and we overlooked some of his more extreme behaviour.
When I stood in the 2010 General Election, we co-operated with UKIP and stories began to emerge about his relationship with that party. He had previously been a vocal UKIP supporter but after falling-out with them, he performed a 180 degree turn and criticised them at every opportunity, devoting a number of blogs to vitriolic abuse of prominent figures in the party. At around the same time, Anne Greig had lost faith in the “Stolen Kids” blog and, having decided that she could no longer tolerate Watkins’ obnoxious behaviour, he was effectively “sacked” from the campaign on April 30th 2010.
In similar fashion to his volte-face with UKIP, he devoted the “Stolen Kids” blog to attacking Hollie’s campaign for justice. Rather than admit to being sacked he claimed to have suddenly realised that everything Anne and Hollie was saying was a pack of lies. From May to December 2010 Watkins’ spewed forth bile virtually on a daily basis and subjected myself and dozens of other Hollie supporters to torrents of abuse. I was various described as “a menace to the good function of society”, “a dangerous, irresponsible, criminal liar” and “a Snake Oil Salesman”.
A handful of Hollie supporters struck back at Watkins and it was not difficult to expose him for what he really was. The claims of being educated at Cambridge and Sandhurst were soon found to be false, and evidence emerged of a pattern of disturbed behaviour.
He applauds the murder of an elected politician.
He claims that Gordon Brown is a paedophile and that his wife was paid £140,000 to marry him (at 1.16.50 in the video link below).
One could easily dismiss Watkins as simply a deranged fantasist but there are reasons to believe that he may have sinister connections. Consider the following questions:
Why has Watkins never been arrested and charged when he has named alleged paedophiles on his blog ? This is the crux of the criminal charges against myself and the Crown Office consistently refuse to answer this question.
Following the raid on Anne and Hollie’s home in June 2010 how did Watkins come into the possession of family photographs which were removed by the police ?
How did Watkins know about certain statements which were made at my court appearance in January 2011 which were not made public ?
THURSDAY, AUGUST 4, 2011
Roy Greig, Hollie’s uncle, was found dead in a burning car, just north of Aberdeen on 17th November 1997. The police and procurator fiscal judged that there were no suspicous circumstances.
When Hollie later alleged that her uncle had witnessed an episode of abuse, Anne Greig’s suspicions were aroused and she asked to be provided with a copy of her brother’s post-mortem report.
After a long struggle to obtain a copy of this report, one was finally released in December 2009. Anne was shocked to read that Roy suffered injuries which did not appear to be consistent with the official cause of death, which was smoke inhalation.
When I was being interviewed by police in February 2010 I was questioned about my attempts to communicate with the pathologist who performed the post-mortem. This surprised me as it did not seem to have any connection with the offence which I was alleged to have committed. I took the opportunity to name a person I had reason to believe may have been responsible for Roy Greig’s death.
No action appears to have been taken in respect of this information I provided to the police and, furthermore, when I received a transcript of the interview there was no mention of the crucial section relating to Roy’s death. I have asked the Chief Constable of Grampian Police as well as senior officials of the Crown Office for an explanation but none has been forthcoming.
In my blog of May 19th, I detailed the similarities between the death of Claire Morris in 1994 and that of Roy Greig as well as some of the people who were involved in both cases. Earlier this year Claire Morris’ husband, Malcolm Webster, was found guilty of her murder. Grampian Police did not regard her death as suspicous at the time.
Anne Greig recently sent a Freedom of Information request to Grampian Fire and Rescue Service in an attempt to find out more about her brother’s death. The response she received, from a Peter Murray, can only be described as surreal.
Mr Murray states that he could not supply all of the information as “the deceased has a right to a private family life under Article 8 of the Human Rights Act.”
He goes on to claim that “disclosure is likely to prejudice substantially, the effective conduct of public affairs …and would likely have a significantly disruptive effect on the way in which Grampian Fire and Rescue Service conducts its business.”
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 3, 2011
I watched a BBC documentary last night which exposed the activities of a paedophile who “exploited his friendship with a prominent politician to get a job which he then used to gain access to vulnerable children abroad.” Sadly, it has taken nearly 30 years for the full story to be broadcast.
It is worth remembering that, in 2009, I co-operated with the BBC in the making of a documentary about the Hollie Greig case which was aborted at a late stage. As far as I am aware, the BBC has never broadcast any mention of Hollie’s allegations nor of my forthcoming trial for Breach of the Peace.
TUESDAY, AUGUST 2, 2011
The Scottish Sunday Express article referred to the Facebook page of “Hollie Demands Justice”, which now has over 3,000 “friends”, including Sarah Brown, wife of the former Prime Minister.
The newspaper also reported on the letters sent by English MP’s, Andrew George and David Ruffley, to Frank Mulholland at the Crown Office. Both were fobbed off with the same standard reply as many other supporters have received, ie that there was insufficient evidence to prosecute anyone. Mulholland neglects to mention that the reason that there is insufficient evidence is because there was no police investigation worthy of the name. Had Grampian Police shown the same zeal in investigating allegations of paedophilia as they did in initiating the sectioning of Hollie’s mother or arresting myself for Breach of the Peace then perhaps they would have found some evidence.
The following elected representatives are Facebook friends of “Hollie Demands Justice”.
David Burrowes MP for Enfield Southgate Con
James Dudderidge MP for Rochford and Southend East, Con
Barry Gardiner MP for Brent North Lab
Jeremy Hunt MP for South West Surrey, Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport Con
Tristram Hunt MP for Stoke Central Lab
Tessa Jowell MP for Dulwich and West Norwood Lab
Pauline Latham MP for Mid Dearbyshire Con
Andy Love MP for Edmonton, member of the Treasury select committee, Lab
Stephen Mosley MP for the City of Chester Con
Brooks Newmark MP for Braintree, Government Whip (Lord Commissioner HM Treasury) Con
Guy Oppermand MP for Hexham Con
Bridget Phillipson MP for Houghton and Sunderland South Lab
Chloe Smith MP for Norwich North, Govt Whip Con
Mark Spencer MP for Sherwood Con
Andrew Stephenson MP for Pendle Con
Graham Stuart MP for Beverley and Holderness, Con
Paul Uppal MP for Woverhampton South West Con
Peter Black Welsh Assembly Member for South West Wales Lib Dem
Jackson Carlaw MSP for West Scotland Con
Arlene McCarthy MEP for the North West of England Lab
Peter Skinner MEP for the South East Lab
Which of them will show the moral courage to do the right thing and DEMAND that there is a proper investigation into Hollie’s allegations and that those who have prevented this are held to account ?
The public are watching.
MONDAY, AUGUST 1, 2011
Some people may be wondering exactly who I am and how I came to be involved in Hollie Greig’s campaign for justice.
I am retired travel agent who now works part-time as a disc jockey at community and hospital radio stations near my home in Cheshire. I am divorced with two grown-up children and earlier this year I celebrated my 65th birthday. I am strictly an amateur investigator both in the sense that I have never had any form of training and also that I do not receive any payment for this work. My “career” as an investigator started by accident when I stumbled across serious corruption in the travel industry.
In 2008, I first met with Stuart Usher, who ran the organisation “Scotland Against Crooked Lawyers” which was providing assistance to Anne Greig in her attempt to secure justice for her daughter, Hollie. Stuart asked me if I would take on their case and, after meeting with the two ladies, I was so impressed by their dignity and determination and so appalled by the injustice they had suffered that I had no hesitation in agreeing to do so. It is a sad indictment of our society that myself and Hollie’s ever-growing band of supporters need to take it upon ourselves to fight for justice and to generate publicity. It is clear to me that the legal system is failing in it’s moral duty to protect vulnerable victims and that the primary concern of politicians is to cover-up a potential scandal. Up until yesterday, I had considered that the mainstream media were failing in their duty to report a story of massive public interest but I am confident that the article in the “Scottish Sunday Express” will be the first of many.
Although I hold views on many other subjects these are of no relevance to the Hollie Greig case, which is a single-issue campaign, and I have consistently urged supporters not to be distracted by side-issues and to simply tell as many people as possible the simple facts of the case. The facts speak for themselves and there is no need for exaggeration or speculation which could damage our credibility.
SUNDAY, JULY 31, 2011
Welcome to everyone who has discovered the Hollie Greig case via the article in today’s Sunday Express. The newspaper must be congratulated for breaking the self-imposed media blackout.
Ben Borland’s article could only scratch the surface of this most complex and harrowing case. Indeed, it would probably have required the Sunday Express to devote an entire edition of the paper to the story in order to do it justice.
Therefore I shall use today’s blog to point out a further 5 key facts relating to the case. Please note that these are facts, as opposed to opinions or speculation.
1. The “investigation” by Grampian Police consisted of interviewing only two out of sixteen alleged paedophiles, on one occasion each. Persons named by Hollie as fellow-victims were not interviewed by the police.
2. Within a few weeks of the allegations being made, Grampian Police instigated the sectioning of Anne Greig, Hollie’s mother. Anne has never had any mental health problems and shortly afterwards she obtained an independent psychiatric report which pronounced her perfectly sane.
3. I was arrested by plainclothes policemen in Aberdeen in February 2010, as I walked towards the city centre where I intended to distribute leaflets about the case. I was charged with Breach of the Peace although I have not yet stood trial. Bail conditions were imposed which banned me from entering Aberdeenshire or from using the internet and required me to sign it at my local police station three times per week. I have been awarded Legal Aid to recruit a high calibre defence team headed by the distinguished QC, Frances McMenamin.
4. In June 2010, a malcontent called Greg Lance-Watkins, informed Shropshire Social Services, that Hollie, whom he had never met in his life, was a missing person. In spite of being advised by myself that Hollie was on a short break with her mother and was perfectly well, Police and Social Services broke into Anne and Hollie’s home and remained inside for several hours causing considerable damage. Shortly afterwards, family photographs which were removed during the raid, appeared on Mr Watkins’ hate-filled blog which is devoted to attempting to debunk Hollie’s case and to verbally abusing her supporters.
5. In December 2009, Elish Angiolini, then Lord Advocate of Scotland, arranged for a letter to be sent by lawyers Levy and MacRae threatening to sue legal magazine “The Firm” for libel in relation to their reporting of the Hollie Greig case. The Crown Office has declined to answer a Freedom of Information request asking whether the legal bills were paid by Mrs Angiolini herself, or by the taxpayer.
FRIDAY, JULY 29, 2011
From the evidence of the tweets of “Justice” Secretary, Kenny MacAskill, it appears that the pressure of trying to keep the lid on the Hollie Greig case and other miscarriages of justice has finally proved too much for him, and he has completely lost his marbles.
KennyMacAskill Kenny MacAskill SNP
Mostly constituency but a meeting with Bangladesh Justice Minister. Things to learn and share.
What on earth could MacAskill want to “learn and share” from Bangladesh, whose human rights record is appalling ?
Bangladeshi security forces have been persistenly criticised by Amnesty Internationaland Human Rights Watch due to grave abuses of human rights. These includeextrajudicial summary executions, excessive use of force and the use of custodial torture. Reporters and defenders of human rights are harassed and intimidated by the authorities. Since 2003, legislative barriers to prosecution and transparency have afforded security services immunity from accountability to the general public. Hinduand Ahmadi Muslim minorities human rights are in a compromised state, and corruption is still a major problem, such thatTransparency International has listed Bangladesh as the most corrupt country in the world for five co consecutive years.
Is MacAskill’s ambition for Scotland to overtake Bangladesh and earn the accolade of the most corrupt country in the world ?