HOME Secretary Priti Patel has been embroiled in a contempt of court row, just a week after The Government rapped Politicalite and claimed we had ‘risked’ the outcome of an upcoming trial.
The bombshell comment was revealed by The Travellers’ Times during a zoom meeting arranged with Jewish community leaders. In the same meeting, Patel used racial slurs towards Gypsies and Irish Traveller people and also shared confidential details about an impending court case leading to claims that the Government Minister was in contempt of court.
Earlier this month Britain’s Attorney General rapped Politicalite and forced us to remove [CENSORED] in a massive attack on Free-Speech, now the Home Secretary could be in breach of court rules.
Last week, we revealed that the Attorney General had forced Politicalite to take down an article relating to a high profile case, that we are unable to mention due to legal reasons in an East-German style attack on free-speech and the free press.
Politicalite co-operated with the Attorney General’s requests within half-an-hour of receiving the contempt allegation and did everything possible to make sure nothing would breach a criminal case.
Our Legal boffins also argued that usually if a publication breaches a reporting restriction locally, the judge will ask to speak to the accused so they can explain.
The Attorney General’s Office failed to follow this procedure and U.S. Congressman Paul Gosar also intervened and in a letter last week, The Attorney General told Politicalite that the Solicitor General “considered the matter carefully and has decided against instituting contempt proceedings on this occasion.”
The Solicitor General noted that the publication of the [CENSORED] article “created a risk of prejudice but concluded that this fell short in all the circumstances of serious prejudice.”
CONTEMPT AND A PRITI BIG TRAVELLER RACE ROW
PRITI Patel who is the minister responsible for law and order, said that the Government is working on the “criminality” around both “traveller communities” and “unauthorised encampments”.
The Home Secretary suggested that Gypsy and Roma communities -“are absolutely separate” from ‘traveller’ communities and that it is “criminality” among Traveller communities on unauthorised camps that is causing concern for the Government.
Priti’s comments are racist towards Traveller people… you know, like Love Island star Tommy Fury and his champion boxer brother Tyson.
During the event, the Home Secretary was asked about Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities. In the course of her answer, she said: “The Home Office’s work in this particular area actually refers to some of the criminality that takes place, and that has happened through traveller communities and unauthorised encampments.
The Travellers Times reported that it was very different to gypsy and roma communities.
“The two are absolutely separate. Where we have seen criminality, violence taking place. We saw one particular traveller criminal – I can’t go into the details of this but basically we saw a police officer that was effectively murdered through a robbery that took place by a traveller family. ” said Patel.
“So there are things that do need to be done and looked at, but obviously from a Home Office perspective we are absolutely doing that.”
A furious Jewish campaigner who was in the meeting contacted the Travellers’ Times to raise their concerns.
“It is very clear that the Home Secretary is referring to the killing of PC Andrew Harper, which has received widespread media coverage over the past year,” the campaigner said.
He added that the court case was ongoing due to appeals and that the Home Secretary’s public comments could be contempt of court.
“The Home Secretary’s words on legal matters have significant weight, and seriously risk prejudicing the outcome of the killer’s appeals and the sentencing review.”
A “traveller family” on an unauthorised camp “effectively murdered” a police officer??? Priti Patel gets it wrong
The three convicted teenage killers of PC Harper were found not guilty of murder and they were not Irish Travellers and had no connection to “unauthorised sites”. Nor were they known to be related.
Jewish community leaders have often stuck up for Gypsies, Travellers, and Roma because of a shared experience of persecution.
The Home Secretary’s comments could be paving the way for the Governments new anti-Traveller laws set to be launched this Autumn, say campaigners.
In November last year, the Government announced that it was holding a consultation on the criminalisation of unauthorised Traveller camps. Earlier this year Home Secretary Priti Patel told MP’s that the new anti-Traveller laws would be brought forward this autumn.
At the time of PC Harpers killing, Pauline Anderson, the Irish Traveller chief Trustee of the charity the Traveller Movement, offered her condolences to his family and colleagues on behalf of all Gypsies and Travellers.
Politicalite and The Travellers’ Times has approached the Home Office for comment.