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Nottinghamshire MEP angry as protesters have their convictions over-turned
'...UKIP's Nottinghamshire MEP Derek Clark says case bungled ...'
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UK Independence Party
From the Office of Derek Clark, MEP, East Midlands
Rowan House, 23 Billing Road, Northampton NN1 5AT
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July 19, 2011
A UKIP MEP has hit out after environmental protesters had their convictions over-turned.
Nottinghamshire MEP Derek Clark said the decision to quash the convictions of the 20 protesters who were convicted of conspiracy to commit aggravated trespass at the coal-fired Ratcliffe-on-Soar power station in Nottinghamshire, was a "disgrace".
He spoke out after the Court of Appeal in London over-turned the sentences after hearing how undercover police officer Mark Kennedy infiltrated the group.
Lord Judge said there had been "significant" non-disclosure of material "which would have been supportive of the defence case which was being advanced at trial".
He said: "We have reached the clear conclusion that all these appeals against conviction will be allowed."
And Lord Judge said the Crown accepted that the convictions were unsafe.
Mr Clark said: "This bungled operation has led to protesters walking away from this - it's a disgrace - the undercover operation was bungled and the courts appear to have condoned political lawbreaking."
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