Newsbrief: Euro Parliamentarians Found Guilty, Scolded by Judge in Manchester Marijuana Civil Disobedience 11/1/02

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A Manchester judge found two Members of the European Parliament (MEPs), Chris Davies (UK Liberal-Democrats) and Marco Cappato (Italian Radical, co-president of Transnational Radical Party) guilty of cannabis possession, sentenced them to a 100 pound fine or seven days in jail, and chided them for wasting the justice system's resources with their "irresponsible" actions.

Crown Court Judge Stewart Fish directed the tirade at the two MEPs for their December 2001 protest in support of jailed Manchester coffee house owner Colin Davies. Cappato, Chris Davies and their supporters gathered in front of a Manchester police station before the two MEPs symbolically presented themselves for arrest.

The Radicals were cowed by the magistrate's outburst. In a statement released after the hearing, Cappato said: "Judge Fish has talked in the Court room of a highly irresponsible action and of a waste of energies for the justice system. With our nonviolent action we have taken upon ourselves the full responsibility for the violation of a criminal law that generates more crime, that obstructs every year the judicial system with dozens of thousands cases of people arrested for drug possession for personal consumption. The UK Government had withdrawn its promises for drugs decriminalization, while other European countries such as Italy and France, have announced the toughening of their prohibitionist regime. Our task at the Transnational Radical Party is to continue to disobey neo-fascist prohibitionism and to organize, also at the international level, the alternative of legalization against the international mafias, terrorism and corruption."

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