Friday, January 28, 2011

Ratcliffe power station protest court cases to be reviewed

20 eco-activists are currently doing community service punishment handed down by the state for daring to consider protesting against a power station at Ratcliffe.

The campaigners were found guilty of conspiring to commit aggravated trespass at the Nottinghamshire site. But today Director of Public Prosecutions Keir Starmer has appointed a senior barrister to review the cases.A linked trial collapsed earlier this month after an undercover police officer offered to help the defence.

The BBC's home affairs correspondent Danny Shaw said Mr Starmer's decision was highly unusual and suggested there might be grounds for questioning the safety of the convictions.

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