"I will be willing to make a donation to a fund to bring about a private prosecution but only if 100 other people will make the same commitment."
— Guido Fawkes, Outraged of www.Order-Order.com
Deadline to sign up by: 5th November 2007
229 people signed up (129 over target)
Country: United Kingdom
This is an exploratory initiative to judge the level of support that exists for the launching of a private prosecution of those who were investigated under Operation Ribble under suspicion of committing offences under the Honours (Prevention of Abuses) Act 1925. There are a number of related suspected offences under the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000 governing the evasion of restrictions on donations which provide a firm and clear basis for action. A prosecution on this basis would avoid the difficulties of having to prove a conspiracy. It would also have the advantage that there are statements from donors already in the public domain which, contrary to the stated view of the CPS, exclude the possibility that the loans were made, or intended to be made, on a commercial basis.
Pledge makers are not committed to anything at this stage, this is merely to test the level of support there is for such an enterprise.
Pledge makers should be aware that the Attorney General could, at any time, rule a private prosecution to be not in the public interest ("nolle prosequi"). This terminates the proceedings and this power is not subject to judicial control or judicial review.
It is likely that in the event of a private prosecution the evidence already gathered by the police during Operation Ribble would be made available during the pre-trial period under the discovery process.
More info : firstname.lastname@example.org.
Background : http://www.order-order.com/search/label/...
Guido Fawkes, the Pledge Creator, joined by: