Gerard Batten stands up for arrested British Constitution Group chairman Roger Hayes
• European Parliament, Strasbourg, 4 July 2012
• Speaker: Gerard Batten MEP, UKIP (London), Europe of Freedom and Democracy (EFD) group -
• Joint debate: Statute of the Court of Justice of the EU
Since we are discussing justice I would like to raise a disturbing issue that has come to my attention today.
Mr Roger Hayes has been summarily sentenced to 21 days in Liverpool prison following a cursory appearance before a magistrate on Monday.
Mr Hayes was arrested at 8.30am, taken to court, sentenced, and locked up by 6pm that evening.
No members of the public or witnesses were reportedly at his hearing. Mr Hayes family have reportedly been refused any direct access to him.
Mr Hayes is the founder of the British Constitution Group and is a prominent tax protestor.
His case arises from his withholding of Council Tax on a legally based objection that the revenue is being illegally used.
Mr Hayes imprisonment may well be illegal under English Common Law.
Mr Hayes must be freed without delay and the issues behind it widely publicised.
I hope this helps.
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