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Corpus Juris – The Shocking Details

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David Rowlands, an agriculturalist and forester, has been a British magistrate for thirty years. He lives in Wales. Now retired, he took a penetrating look at corpus juris, the EU’s criminal justice system, and was shocked by what he found. His report describes the hard-won freedoms that will be lost if British Common Law is destroyed and corpus juris is installed in its stead.

Most of us take comfort from the idea that we will not break the law and will never be handcuffed, imprisoned or prosecuted. But in allowing prosecutors from any one of the EU's 27 member states to arrest us, corpus juris makes it more likely that innocent people will be arrested. We could be jailed because a business competitor in some other part of the EU bribed a prosecutor. And if we are arrested, we can be jailed and interrogated for months or years in a foreign country without any rights or protections.

David Rowlands explains –

The implications for our legal system and individual rights are immense. The EU's own official book, Corpus Juris, makes this astoundingly clear: "What we propose is a set of penal rules. . .designed to ensure. . .a more efficient means of repression" (CJ, Page 40). These prosecutorial rules and powers are repressive. They state –

1) "Powers of investigation of the European Public Prosecutor (EPP) "will include g) To make requests for a person's remand in custody. . .for a period of up to 6 months, renewable for 3 months, where there are reasonable grounds to suspect that the accused has committed one of the offences defined above, or good reasons for believing it necessary to stop him committing such an offence. . ." (Page 90, Article 20).

This means that the EPP can incarcerate someone for months without charge merely because he thinks they might have committed an offence or might commit an offence. It appears that there is no limit to the number of 3-month extensions. This practise was outlawed in Britain more than 300 years ago as part of the Habeus Corpus Act (1689) which is now incorporated into Britain's Bail Acts.

2) "A European warrant for arrest, issued on the instructions of the EPP by a national judge, is valid across the whole territory; any person arrested thus may be transferred to the territory of a state where he is required to be" during the preparatory stage or at trial (Page 106 b).

You could wind up imprisoned in Greece, Spain, Italy Poland – anywhere in the EU. You would be exiled from your country and isolated from your family and friends. You would find it difficult even to arrange your defence, and as there is no habeas corpus in the EU, you could lie in jail for a very long time.

3) "The Courts must consist of professional judges. . .and not simple jurors or lay magistrates" (Page 114, Article 26.1).

There are no jurors, simple or otherwise. Your rights, held since Magna Carta, to be judged by your peers have been eliminated. Lay magistracy has been exterminated. The genius of our common law, which involves the community in administering criminal justice at first instance through the magistrates and later through the jury, has been deliberately destroyed. In an age when the concept of local community is often described as important, it is absurd and wrong that it should be removed from the administration of law.

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