25 July, 2001, PRESS RELEASE.
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GENOA BREACHES OF INTERNATIONAL LAW

THE GROUP OF EUROPEANS INCLUDING BRITONS HOSPITALISED AND ARRESTED BY ITALIAN POLICE WERE TREATED WITH COMPLETE DISREGARD FOR INTERNATIONAL LAW SAYS FAIR TRIALS ABROAD

Stephen Jakobi, the director of Fair Trials Abroad said " We have just spent a morning being briefed by a British representative of "Globalised Resistance", part of the international Umbrella group organising the non violent protest group, the "Genoa social forum". The Groups cooperated with authority in planning its organisation and protest events and adhered to the agreed plans for them. We were particularly asked to concern ourselves with the treatment of Richard Moss and Nicola Darcy both of whom were hospitalised and subsequently arrested.

Although we are horrified at the general tale of the most violent police behaviour in Western Europe in recent times, we would as an international organisation express particular concern on two points:

· Consular access in defiance of international law was denied to Hospitalised and imprisoned Britons for at least 48 hours. Given the circumstances a clear defiance of the Vienna convention by the Italian Authorities.

· It is understood that 15 Italian Citizens were released without charge

Leaving only foreigners under arrest and investigation.

The Italian Authorities should be under no illusion that the proper investigation of complaints and fair judicial treatment of the large group of Europeans arrested as a consequence of the Genoa social forum raid on Saturday night will be a test that will determine the way that co operation in Judicial affairs proceeds within Europe from now on. It is not only the defendants but also Italian Police and the Italian Judicial system that will be on trial here.

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