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#dirty_old_man with some revolting associates making a fool of the hospitality & shelter #Britain gave him & abusing the #British Justice system – If NOT I can only assume it is #CPS, #Police & #Courts colluding in corruption
How is justice being done or being seen to be done when one minute Bukovsky claims to be not ill & seeking to sue the CPS for ‘libel’ for charging him twice!
Bukovsky’s appearaces regarding his gross perversion and criminal accumulation of hard core pornography involving small children seem to be performed in a wheel chair – his entire act is just not plausible and I am forced to wonder why the CPS, Police and Courts are seemingly colluding in what is very apparent as a criminal deception.
Why the trial of Russian dissident Vladimir Bukovsky has taken four years to conclude
Russian-born Bukovsky, an author and activist, was first arrested in 2014
- 16:27, 12 FEB 2018
It was April 2015 when the media first heard Vladimir Bukovsky was due to be charged with making and possessing indecent images of children.
The case has taken almost four years to reach its conclusion – with Bukovsky first being arrested in 2014.
His trial started once and a jury was sworn in, but then abandoned due to the Russian dissident’s ill health.
Russian-born Bukovsky is an author and activist who became well-known internationally as a vocal critic of the Soviet regime.
He spent 12 years in Soviet prisons, forced-labour camps and psychiatric hospitals, which were used by the authorities to incarcerate political dissidents and submit them to compulsory treatment to “cure” their beliefs.
At Cambridge Crown Court today (Monday, February 12) the charges were ordered to lie on file, with no further action being taken against Bukovsky.
The court was told that Bukovsky was too ill to stand trial, so no further court proceedings would be brought against him.
Below, the News explores the background to the case – from when he was first charged to when the case was abandoned for what is thought to be the last time.
The News told how Bukovsky was due to be charged with making and possessing indecent images of children.
He stood charged with five counts of making an indecent photograph of a child, five counts of possessing indecent photographs of children, and one count of possessing a prohibited image.
At the time Jenny Hopkins, chief crown prosecutor for the CPS in the East of England, told the News: “Following an investigation by Cambridgeshire Police, we have concluded that there is sufficient evidence and it is in the public interest to prosecute Vladimir Bukovsky in relation to the alleged making and possessing of indecent images of children.”
She added: “The decision to prosecute was taken in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors.”
The Russian dissident was due to make his first court appearance on May 5, 2015, to face the charges.
However, his appearance was delayed due to ill health.
Cambridge Magistrates’ Court was told how Bukovsky was seriously ill in hospital and was being treated in a clinic in Germany.
He was admitted there with renal failure on April 29, 2015, the court heard, and it was not known how long he would spend in hospital.
Another court hearing was scheduled for later that same month, but Bukovsky did not appear in court again until August 25, 2015.
He denied all charges against him, and was released on unconditional bail with a further scheduled hearing for September 1, 2015.
The case did not go back before the courts until May 2016, where it was adjourned again until December 12, 2016 after a discussion excluding the press and public.
December 12, 2016
Vladimir Bukovsky’s trial got underway at Cambridge Crown Court, with a jury sworn in and the case opened by Will Carter, prosecuting.
The dissident stood trial for allegedly accessing still and video images over 15 years, some of which were being downloaded at the point of his arrest in 2014.
The 73-year-old told police he had become curious at the end of the 1990s about issues involving control and censorship of the Internet and decided to look into what was available online, the court heard.
The pensioner, who sat in court in a wheelchair, was living alone in Cambridge when he was arrested.
He told officers that his online interests had become something of a hobby, which he told no-one else about.
Mr Carter said: “What he said was that his initial curiosity turned into a hobby rather like stamp-collecting.”
Mr Carter said some of the material found on hard drives at the defendant’s home involved children of toddler age. Bukovsky told police the youngest were six or seven.
Mr Carter said: “He said he wouldn’t download any which showed a toddler although he said age could be difficult to judge.”
The barrister said Bukovsky had noted that “they (those in the images) looked to him as if they were enjoying themselves”.
Bukovsky is considered a hero by some who pursue democratic reform in Russia and a handful of his supporters were in court.
But the jury was told that Bukovsky had another side to him beyond the heroic figure.
Mr Carter added: “The prosecution say that there was another side to this man which was far from laudable, an extensive interest in real children really being abused.”
December 13, 2016
Claims the Russian state may have been part of a hack to plant indecent images of children on the computer of a dissident living in Cambridge have been rejected at his trial.
A computer expert who has worked for GCHQ said he was confident the images had not been put there by anyone other than Bukovsky.
Dr Howard Chivers, a lecturer at the University of York, examined five discs of files recovered from Bukovsky’s hard drives at his home in Cambridge.
Bukovsky told police he had been researching the images and videos out of “social” curiosity and not for sexual gratification, according to an agreed summary of his interview which was read to the court.
He said he became interested in the debate around internet censorship at the end of the 1990s and wanted to see if child pornography was as widely available online as people claimed.
Bukovsky told officers: “It was never done for any sexual pleasure on my part. I have never been attracted to children in that way.”
He said he did not believe searching for and having the material was criminal or causing any harm.
He referred to sadomasochistic imagery he had seen and told officers he was convinced it was staged because the children taking part appeared to be “giggling”.
Bukovsky, a highly-regarded human rights campaigner who has been a prominent opponent of the Russian regime, was arrested as part of the national Operation Notarise aimed at paedophiles and led by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection centre (CEOP), Cambridge Crown Court heard.
Cambridgeshire police arrested Bukovsky at his home in an early morning swoop in October 2014 after information was passed to them by CEOP.
Detective Constable Gareth Purdy said Bukovsky answered the door when police arrived at around 7.30am and when officers asked him about computer equipment he said there was a computer in the study they would be “interested in”.
The court heard that Bukovsky’s collection of images grew after he discovered a file-sharing service and that he continued to download them, despite losing interest and coming close to deleting his collection which had become too big to analyse.
Det Con Purdy said the images had mostly been of boys, aged from around 8-14, although some were aged between 6-8 and a number were of toddlers.
There were some images of girls, although they were usually associated with boys, and the images were often grouped together in nationalities.
December 14, 2016
Jurors in the trial were discharged after the court heard Bukovsky’s ill health had deteriorated and he had been admitted to hospital.
Defence counsel Francis FitzGibbon QC told the court that Bukovsky had been admitted to hospital with bronchial pneumonia.
Mr Fitzgibbon said Bukovsky was a “very unwell man” who also suffered from congestive heart failure and diabetes.
He asked Judge Gareth Hawkesworth to discharge the jury in the case.
Judge Hawkesworth agreed, stating that the current jurors could not be “kept waiting in suspense”.
He said once, and if, Bukovsky was fit enough to stand trial then the trial would be with a different jury.
A further hearing was then scheduled for January 19, 2017.
Bukovsky’s trial was delayed again – and did not reach the courts until July 2017.
The trial was listed to begin on July 24, 2017, with a new jury.
But the case was postponed again because of Bukovsky’s ill health, with a court appearance rescheduled for February 12, 2018.
On January 16, it was announced that Bukovsky would finally stand trial.
A further call to Cambridge Crown Court confirmed the court hearing on February 12, 2018 would still take place.
Today (February 12, 2018) Judge Gareth Hawkesworth ruled that charges against Vladimir Bukovsky, now 75, should remain on file after the Crown Prosecution Service said he was not fit to stand trial.
The charges related to making or possessing more than 19,000 still images and more than 8,700 films of child pornography.
Judge Gareth Hawkesworth ruled the trial be postponed indefinitely after prosecution and defence counsel said it was not in the interest of justice to proceed.
The trial could only happen by order of the court, or Court of Appeal, if and when Bukovsky’s health improves enough for him to stand trial.
Bukovsky was due to be tried via video link from his Cambridge home.
The court heard it was the third time the trial had come to the court after the defendant was admitted to hospital on the second day of a trial for the offences in December 2016.
Judge Hawkesworth said: “I’m quite satisfied in light of the continuing deterioration in his health that whilst he might not be able to catch up from time to time during the crown’s case when it comes to the moment whether or not Mr Bukovsky should or could give evidence… I take the view that it would not be fair to try a man in these circumstances.”
Prosecutor William Carter told the court that the situation had now got to the stage where there was “clearly a risk” to Bukovsky’s health.
He added: “The Crown have taken the view that the proper course in the interest of justice is not to oppose that [defence] application and indeed to go further and to add to it.”
After the hearing, defence lawyer Francis Fitzgibbon QC said Bukovsky denied all the allegations and his defence would have included claims the images were planted by Russian state operatives.
He told the court: “It is extremely unlikely that he would be able to participate effectively in a trial.”
Bukovksy was forced into exile and moved to the UK, where he studied biology at Cambridge University.
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