Friday 2 September 2022
In the case of Ryan Giggs or anyone else, if the jury were not unanimously convinced beyond reasonable doubt of the guilt of the accused, then it ought to have delivered a verdict of not guilty, which should have been an enduring verdict, affording lifelong protection from double jeopardy.
But if this ever was that country for most people, then it is certainly not now. I myself was convicted after a judge had specifically instructed a jury to "disregard" the concept of conviction beyond reasonable doubt, and then imprisoned because my enemies had been politically well enough connected to have me charged with an offence to which there was no defence, so that all that mattered was to be well enough in with the highly politicised Crown Prosecution Service.
Shamima Begum ought to be tried by a jury that, unless it were unanimously convinced beyond reasonable doubt of her guilt, ought to deliver a verdict of not guilty, which should be an enduring verdict, affording lifelong protection from double jeopardy. In the event of such a conviction, then like a 15-year-old runner for county lines, she would not be blameless, but like a 15-year-old runner for county lines, she would not be the most to blame.
Even while bombing the IS that it had created in Iraq, NATO was so committed to the victory of IS in Syria, as in principle it remains, that, via the NATO member state of Turkey, it trafficked British schoolgirls to Syria to hand over to IS. In at least one case, this 15-year-old was pregnant almost immediately, having been married so soon after her arrival that the arrangements had clearly been made in advance. Via the NATO member state of Turkey, IS fighters are now being brought in as part of NATO's side in Ukraine. Think on.