Fighting against injustice

July 1, 2010 — News

Written by IRR News Team

London Against Injustice (LAI), which provides indispensible support to families of victims of miscarriages of justice, is helping launch a political campaign against joint enterprise cases.

LAI is part of the umbrella group United Against Injustice, which has branches across the country, and unites families and friends of people who have been wrongfully convicted of a crime they did not commit.

The group meets monthly to share information and advice on how to fight miscarriages of justice. Though its members are not legal advisors, their collective knowledge of battling the legal system means they can offer families in similar situations advice on how to fight their own cases.

LAI has seen its numbers continue to grow since its inception in 2007, as more and more families seek support, advice and practical information about helping the innocent victims of miscarriages of justice. In recent months, joint enterprise convictions have been one of the principle injustices driving families to seek its help. A recent meeting at the House of Commons, with hundreds of people packed into an overflowing room, saw families from across the country queuing up to speak about loved ones serving long prison sentences as a result of involvement in crimes prosecuted under joint enterprise laws.

LAI told IRR News: ‘We believe that this is a discriminatory law, it particularly targets working class boys from all cultural backgrounds, and incriminates them under a false joint enterprise charge even if their actual involvement in the offence was minimal.’ The campaign will raise awareness of the dangers of this 300-year-old common law, originally brought against those involved in duels, which especially affects those of black and Asian origin who are disproportionately over-represented at every stage of the criminal justice system.

Related links

London Against Injustice

United Against Injustice

The Institute of Race Relations is precluded from expressing a corporate view: any opinions expressed are therefore those of the authors.

Comments

November 4, 2011
Carl Anthony Cross:

Dear sirs, my name is Carl Anthony Cross, and I have been fighting against injustice for years, yet was not aware that sites like your own was available, until now. Presentlt, I have a case that ‘High profile’ public bodies, has mingled with so much, that in the end they thought it better to de-port me and get rid of the problem. Deport me they did, after 4 years of unlawful detention, in the UK, persicution and mental torture as foreign national, for a period of 4 years, I was later deported to a foreign country, by the UKBA. at this stage in time HMTCS, have now excepted that I am indeed a British citizen, who was unlawfully deported, by the UKBA. Yet they cliam that I must take steps to return to the UK, by employing lawyers, through legaliad! Need to speak to your body please, thank you. RegaRDS Carl Cross

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