Owen Greenhall represented three anti-apartheid movement campaigners whose cases were referred to the panel. Owen is led by Matthew Ryder QC of Matrix Chambers. They are instructed by Mike Schwarz of Hodge Jones & Allen.
This week, the Undercover Policing Inquiry referred the first suspected miscarriages of justice, identified through its investigations, to a dedicated panel set up by the Home Office.
As part of its terms of reference, the Inquiry seeks to identify suspected miscarriages of justice that might have occurred due to the involvement of undercover officers in alleged offences or failings in disclosure during the trial process.
The first matter referred by the Inquiry related to a protest that took place on 12 May 1972 at the Star and Garter Hotel, Richmond, when anti-apartheid activists attempted to stop a coach containing the British Lions rugby team from departing on a tour of South Africa. Fourteen activists, including the undercover officer HN 298 (“Michael Scott”), were subsequently arrested and charged with obstructing the highway and obstructing a police officer in the execution of his duty. The activists, including HN 298, were convicted in the magistrates’ court without any disclosure of the true identity of HN298 to the defence, prosecution or court.
Further suspected miscarriages of justice may be identified as the Inquiry progresses chronologically through its investigations into undercover policing operations in England and Wales from 1968 to the present.
Protest Rights, Criminal Defence, Civil Liberties and Human Rights | Thursday 19 January 2023
Anti-Apartheid protestors’ convictions quashed after 50 years
Owen Greenhall of the Garden Court Protest Team represented three anti-apartheid movement campaigners whose cases were referred to the Criminal Cases Review Commission by the Undercover Policing Enquiry.
Claims Against the Police and Public Authorities, Criminal Defence, Civil Liberties and Human Rights | Thursday 18 February 2021
Undercover Policing Inquiry - Garden Court counsel instructed
Garden Court Chambers counsel instructed to represent clients at the Undercover Policing Inquiry.