File:Israeli Embassy Bomb Appeal book.pdf
In 1996 at the Old Bailey in London, Samar Alami, a Lebanese-Palestinian woman, and Jawad Botmeh, a Palestinian man from Battir in the West Bank, were convicted of conspiring to cause the 1994 bombings at the Israeli Embassy in Kensington and at Balfour House in Finchley. Samar and Jawad had been living, studying and working in Britain for over ten years. They were both sentenced to 20 years’ imprisonment. They are innocent.
In 1999 we published a booklet – (File:JusticeDenied.pdf) – with a foreword written by Paul Foot. The short publication that you are now reading — a sequel, if you like — published almost two years later, aims to bring the reader up to date with the staggering events that have been unfolding since then. If you require further details about the case please consult Justice Denied which is still available on our website – http://www.freesaj.org.uk.
The prosecution’s continuing use of secret public interest immunity (PII) hearings to suppress vital evidence means that we are still very much in the dark about the true story behind the bombings. But at the Court of Appeal, at the end of October 2000, the prosecution were finally forced to admit that the prosecuting authorities at almost every level – from the Crown Prosecution Service to MI5, MI6 and special branch, and all the way up to the Home Office — have been covering up vital evidence. This evidence points to the fact that a known terrorist organisation with no connections to Samar or Jawad was probably responsible for the bombings.
Despite this revelation, Samar and Jawad remain convicted. The government and prosecution show no signs of either disclosing all the information they have or of agreeing to drop the charges against Samar and Jawad.
Quite how far the cover up goes can only be speculated upon. Leading defence counsel Michael Mansfield, QC, put it like this in the Court of Appeal:
It is an astonishing and incredible failure in the duty of disclosure by those who are responsible. ...a catalogue of disasters, errors and failures by at least eight different individuals, at seven different stages, beginning with the domestic security service and going all the way up to the Home Office …. Had it not been for David Shayler, the CPS would still be saying to us that there is nothing further to be revealed.
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