Jez Turner being persecuted for saying what Alan Dershowitz says that Jews should be proud of.
Jeremy Bedford-Turner’s case will be re-examined following a 13-month campaign against him.
Independent, “Crown Prosecution Service to review decision not to prosecute prolific anti-Semite”, 8 Feb 2017:
Jeremy Bedford Turner addresses the small protest outside Whitehall in July 2015 YouTube
Jeremy Bedford-Turner’s case will be re-examined following a 13-month campaign
The Crown Prosecution Service has agreed to review its decision not to prosecute a far-right activist known for making vitrolic speeches against the “Jewish world order”.
In a July 2015 speech to an “anti-Shorim” rally on Whitehall, Jeremy Bedford-Turner said “all politicians are nothing but a bunch of puppets dancing to a Jewish tune, and the ruling regimes in the West for the last one hundred years have danced to the same tune.”
He claimed the West were “slaves” to the “Zionist agenda” which he said was responsible for the French Revolution and both World Wars.
He said the period during the Middle Ages when Jewish people were forbidden from entering England was a “merry” time for the country and called for them to be banned once more.
Gideon Falter, the chairman of the Campaign Against Anti-Semitism (CAA), witnessed the speech and reported it to the CPS.
But after five months it decided not to prosecute the case – arguing that prosecuting Mr Bedford-Turner would breach his right to freedom of speech.
Following a 13-month campaign by the CAA, two days before they were due to appear in court to face a judicial review, the CPS agreed to look again at their decision not prosecute Mr Bedford-Turner.
In documents submitted to the High Court on the eve of that review and seen by The Independent, the CPS has admitted the decision was legally wrong and agreed that it “is appropriate a fresh decision is made” because free speech does not extend to hate speech.
It agreed to consult the CAA in future when making decisions regarding similar cases against Jewish people and whether it can be regarded hate speech or free speech.
Brian Kennelly QC, the barrister preparing to take the CAA’s case to the High Court pro bono, told The Independent there is a concern that the CPS is too slow to act against hate speech and waits for actual threats of violence even though the law does not require it.
The BBC is running a story as well:
BBC, “Far-right activist decision to be re-examined by CPS”, 8 Feb 2017:
Jeremy Bedford-Turner delivered a speech at London’s Cenotaph war memorial in 2015
A decision not to prosecute a far-right activist with links to Nazi sympathisers is to be re-examined, the Crown Prosecution Service has said.
Campaigners called for action against Jeremy Bedford-Turner after a speech at London’s Cenotaph in 2015 was filmed.
A judicial review of the CPS decision not to charge him with incitement to racial or religious hatred, and its refusal for a review, was to be held.
The CPS says it had new advice about its original decision-making process.
According to a transcript of the video of the speech, Mr Bedford-Turner told his followers, among other things, that the French Revolution and both world wars were massacres perpetrated by Jews, and demanded: “Let’s free England from Jewish control.”
The Campaign Against Anti-Semitism (CAA) says its chairman, Gideon Falter, witnessed the July 2015 speech.
It says he applied for a Victims’ Right to Review after the original decision five months later not to bring action against Mr Bedford-Turner, but was “told by the CPS that he was not a victim”.
It added: “Faced with no alternative, CAA took the unusual step of issuing judicial review proceedings to submit the CPS decision to the scrutiny of the High Court.”
Human rights issues
It says the CAA was partly motivated by a “growing concern that the CPS is failing to take anti-Semitic crime seriously”.
The CPS says its move is connected to the way human rights issues related to its decision.
But it stressed it “isn’t an acceptance that the decision not to prosecute was wrong, but that there is a reasonable basis on which to review that decision”.
A spokesman added: “We have agreed that the prosecutor’s original decision not to charge should be reviewed by a more senior lawyer within the CPS.
“This decision follows the receipt of new advice from counsel concerning the way in which ECHR (European Court of Human Rights] issues were considered as part of the decision making in December 2015.”
He added: “Tackling hate crime is a priority for the CPS. In 2015-16 we prosecuted a record number of cases and made sure that more offenders than ever before had their sentences increased for crimes relating to race or religion.
“We work closely with leading organisations from the Jewish community to ensure that prosecutors are aware of the changing nature of anti-Semitism in the UK.”