Monday, 7 January 2013
Of course, when an illegal immigrant enters Britain on a dubious passport they is usually allowed to continue unhindered. This is from the Telegraph.
The leader of the English Defence League was today jailed for 10 months after admitting using someone else's passport to unlawfully travel to the United States.Stephen Lennon, 30, pleaded guilty to possession of a false identity document with improper intention, contrary to the Identity Documents Act 2010, at Southwark Crown Court.
Lennon used a passport in the name of Andrew McMaster to board a Virgin Atlantic Flight from Heathrow to New York, but was caught out after his fingerprints were taken by customs officials. . . He stayed just one night (for the 9/11 commemoration) and travelled back to the UK the following day using his own legitimate passport . . . Lennon, who was arrested in October, was jailed for 10 months today.
Sentencing the 30-year-old, Judge Alistair McCreath, told him "You knew perfectly well that you were not welcome in the United States. You knew that because you tried before and you had not got in, and you knew the reason for that - because, rightly or wrongly, the US authorities do not welcome people in their country who have convictions of the kind that you have. With that full knowledge, you equipped yourself with a passport. I am told that it was given you by way of a loan from your friend Andrew McMaster, to which you bore, I am told, some resemblance. And by use of that passport you did what you could to get into the United States. But you did not get in because they took your fingerprints and they worked out that you were not who you claimed to be. I am told that, by whatever means, you slipped away from the US authorities, got into the country and then very rapidly - and understandably so - got out of it."
He said Lennon had used his own passport to get out of the US, adding: "You did so, I am quite sure, in order to avoid the consequences that would have fallen upon you had you been caught by the authorities in America." The judge went on: "What you did went absolutely to the heart of the immigration controls that the United States are entitled to have. Had it been known in this country that you were proposing to leave under a false passport, you would not have been accepted on to the plane and you would not have been permitted to leave this country on a false passport. It's not in any sense trivial."
He sentenced Lennon to 10 months in prison, minus the days he has already served in custody.
Prosecutor Simon Sandford said it was the Crown's case that Lennon committed the offence while on bail for breaching an International Football Banning Order - of which the court heard he was acquitted.
In mitigation, his defence barrister, Giles Cockings, told the court that Lennon had not stolen the passport, and had only used it for a day. He told the court his client had pleaded guilty straightaway, demonstrating "a certain amount of courage".
"Perhaps what screams volumes from this particular case are two main areas," he told the court. "Firstly, this passport was not stolen, it was lent by a friend for whatever purpose. Secondly, he was only using the passport, it transpires, for a day and a half. In fact he only spent one evening in the United States of America. "I think the intention was simply to avoid a necessity for a visa into the United States. Upon realising that in actual fact it was not going to assist matters, on realising he had committed an offence, he used his own passport to come back. It is not, I would suggest, the most aggravating of cases of this kind."
With remission for good behaviour and taking into account time spent on remand his provisional date of release is 7th March. He is back in HMP Wandsworth and has the support of the men and women of the EDL who are looking forward to his release. He committed a crime which was both wrong and foolish. However I have heard no suggestion that the US authorities pressed for a prosecution for an offence committed towards them. That and the sentence (longer than many crimes of violence) show how nervous the British government is over the issues raised by the EDL. While his absence has been a setback for the EDL as a specific group the public awareness of the Islamisation of our society cannot be undone; the beginning debate cannot be stopped.
Posted on 01/07/2013 5:32 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
7 Jan 2013
No judge has anything to fear from the EDL or Tommy, but some savage jihadi is another matter.
That whole incident is a shame and a disgrace. Tommy Robinson is the Vaclav Havel of Britain.
8 Jan 2013
I agree with Esmerelda's comments - Tommy Robinson is not any kind of threat, and much worse criminals are treated more leniently. This is politically motivated.
Tommy Robinson doesn't help himself sometimes, and I think he needs to get better on tactics.