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Stuart Syvret Jailed


For those of you who know me, I am a huge fan of former Senator Stuart Syvret and have been writing about him for several years.   I became acquainted with Stuart when the news of horrific child abuse at care home, Haut de la Garenne, broke.

The Haut de la Garenne scandal began a long, torturous odyssey of lies and cover-ups by the Jersey establishment.  Lenny Harper, the lead investigator retired and after leaving the island, was summarily trashed by the government as incompetent and having misled the public about the investigation.  Then, the corrupt establishment illegally suspended Chief of Police, Graham Power, and was found to have destroyed government documents and was accused of spreading provable lies!

As the tangled web of deceit and corruption came to light, Stuart began a mission to expose those in power.  His blog, Ex-Senator Stuart Syvret Blog, was one of the only outlets where the people of Jersey could find the truth about what their politicians and JEP – Jersey Evening Post, commonly referred to as the The Rag – were up to.  Note: The Rag is Jersey’s only newspaper and blatantly publishes only what the government wants published!

Long story short, eventually, Stuart was illegally arrested and held in a cell for seven hours while his home was tossed.   He was charged with Data Protection Laws violations for some of his blog entries and was forced to make the bold decision to go into exile in the UK.  He did so with strong belief the kangaroo court system would not allow him a fair trial.  He was right!

Fast forward – After being denied access to records involved in his case and not being able to introduce much of his evidence and call many of the witnesses he felt were necessary for his defense, Syvret has been jailed for ten weeks after being found guilty of breaking the data protection law and being in contempt of court.

He was also fined £4,200 and ordered to pay legal costs of £10,000.

Liberal Democrat MP John Hemming, with whom Stuart stayed while in exile, tabled a Commons motion claiming Mr. Syvret was the victim of “political persecution”.

He, Liberal Democrat Bob Russell and former Conservative minister Peter Bottomley, said Syvret has been jailed for “criticising the Jersey establishment for its failures to enforce the rule of law”.

They say the sentence “is an attempt to frighten others away from raising concerns about the failings of the justice system in Jersey”.

Hemming went on to say, “”One of your problems in Jersey is you do not have judicial review on the Attorney General.

“Which means you cannot challenge the failings of the prosecutary apparatus to prosecute people who have committed real offences and not nonsense offences.

“He needs to highlight this and I understand all of that and I am not surprised that he wasn’t going to compromise.”

I know Stuart has suffered enormously for the past three years in trying to right a terribly wrong form of government and did so willing at great personal cost!

He’s a man of morals and is willing to –

“walk into hell for a heavenly cause”. (Man of La Mancha” “The Impossible Dream”)

We need more heroes!



  1. Ritanita
    11/18/2010 at 10:22 am

    Senator Stuart Syvret is indeed a hero. I’ve read everything about Haute de la Garenne over the years and have been horrified by what torture was inflicted on children there. Syvret doesn’t give up, ever. He will wear his latest imprisonment as a medal of honor for his cause.

    God Bless Him…

  2. Jill Gracia
    11/18/2010 at 4:00 pm

    A hero indeed – paying the price for being honest and forthright. He was released on bail today which is a small victory for common sense (which is not prevelant in this Island)and is undeterred and determined to continue the fight for the truth.

  3. donchais
    11/18/2010 at 4:28 pm

    Many thanks…I hope and desire that this quest for true justice is realized; you more than deserve it!

  4. Leigh
    11/18/2010 at 9:45 pm

    He is truly an extraordinary man on an island where such courage is desperately needed. Thanks to blogs like yours, Donchais, support for Stuart Syvret is increasingly global. If Mr. Syvret is placed back in jail it will only rally more to his cause for democracy in Jersey. Our city has more than a few residents who would write letters on his behalf similar to those which Amnesty International members send to support political prisoners.

    Jersey cannot have it both ways. Either Jersey incorporates a system of checks and balances and adheres to basic human rights principles, or it will be seen for what it is. At present Jersey resembles a very corrupt, old style oligarchy.

  5. 11/19/2010 at 12:03 pm

    Hello can I agree with all the comments above the British Government needs to hold a full public enquiry into the Judiciary in Jersey they are a disgrace to JUSTICE we are governed like a banana republic

  6. donchais
    11/19/2010 at 3:06 pm

    The folks in Jersey need to say with clear and loud voice they will no longer live under these conditions! Strength in numbers!

  7. Valhall
    11/25/2010 at 7:39 am

    Happy Thanksgiving, donchais, and to all here!

  8. donchais
    11/25/2010 at 9:42 am

    Thanks much Val – same to you and your family!

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