Bad news from Europe on wrongful conviction compensation

Two rulings in the last couple of weeks in the English Court of Appeal and the European Court of Human Rights have dealt a blow for those trying to obtain compensation for their wrongful convictions. In previous posts (here….  and here…) I have detailed the efforts of Barry George (wrongly convicted of the murder ofThe European court of human rights in Strasbourg Jill Dando who served 8 years in prison) and Lorraine Allen (imprisoned for killing her son before being exonerated having serving 3 years in prison). However, both have had their appeals rejected.

At the Court of Appeal, Barry George was refused the right to appeal the decision in January 2013 that the State need not compensate George because he could not demonstrate that he was completely innocent. See latest decision here:

Barry George appeal loss is ‘travesty of justice’

In a further blow to victims of miscarriages of justice, Lorraine Allen lost her case at the European Court of Human Rights. The Court repeated the mantra now emanating from policy makers and judges, that you do not deserve compensation unless you can prove your innocence – so compensation can be denied to those ‘not innocent enough’. The Court concluded that “the existence of a miscarriage of justice had not been established beyond reasonable doubt”. Thus denying her any right to compensation.  Read more here:

Wrongly jailed woman loses Europe fight for compensation

Lorraine Allen denied compensation after being wrongly jailed for killing son

4 responses to “Bad news from Europe on wrongful conviction compensation

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  2. ‘Not Innocent enough’ I am innocent and have witnesses to prove it but I cant find a lawyer to take my case on.
    What most people will ever realise apart from the unfortunate few is the ferocity of power and ignorant spite that the police display when doing those early morning raids and the subsequent days, months and in some cases years of horror. Being dragged from your ‘safe home’ in the early hours is frightening enough, but then to be politically played with is disgusting and after they clearly make a mistake to use an excuse like ‘not innocent enough’ is an insult to our human rights.

    I was arrested for Murder in November 2011, interrogated for three days, 22 hours of questions over the fact that my late wife some 7 years previously had fallen from a cliff in India and died.

    My home was ransacked, my businesses closed down, I was held in custody for 18 months. There was never any evidence that a crime had been committed but after the police had started their investigation there was no going back for them in that every day they spent more money flying teams of police officers to India, interviewing over 260 people, spending millions trying to justify the case that they had started. Then in March this year they admitted they had been approached by two witnesses who had seen the accident and dropped all charges against me and released me from prison. No apology, no compensation, you can’t sue the CPS and trying to find one of those big city law firms to sue the police is imposible.

    I used to be proud to say I am a British citizen, I am ashamed now to admit that I am part of a society that is all too quick to blame, is all too quick to destroy your life and that of your family and is totally unaccountable for their actions.

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  4. Britain imposed a safeguard clause for Bulgaria! …

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    To see everything, please go bottom-up reading all this !
    thank you

    I add the following issues raised by the court on charges of possession of my scale model usually tipped blade / 2 / two centimes, and the fact that the peak of the tree, in this case I auditioned in court on the designated date which was scheduled for 11.21.2011 and 11.22.2011 and ended by withdrawing accusations that I raised.
    The same court refused to grant me the minutes and the court of last year 2010 for a similar case.
    Police refused to return my passport, which is held in a court order.
    When I went to the passport police, a policeman on duty told me that he would have to go back to their passport as a document from the court document, the court will give me, and because it is in their policy.
    For me roll my passport last year

    I am looking for a lawyer, a senior expert on human rights, in connection with my case in London and the damage inflicted to me and lost my time and that I was in prison for / 4 / four months / 1 / one day I had many problems !!!
    If someone wants to help me I promise that money will I, of which 70 percent will have a lawyer who will represent me in the European Court of Human Rights !
    Again remind administrators and implore you not to delete information that is important for people in the world.
    I take full responsibilities for your inventory and wait for England, on what basis will I raise other charges, so that expose their country and that they reveal a small part of their policy.
    Everything I say and write here will be used in court, of course if it comes to this and other allegations raised my


    I want to make a comment in regards to what happened to me and I wrote below, I write.

    What I mean is that I do not like what happened to me. I was not that which had to be caught.

    I understand splendid country which is acting so with foreigners arrived from elsewhere exactly I .

    Sometimes I agree with them with this and their actions to those for which mentioned above.

    I am not ready to act as against innocent as me, moreover, in such as me which are did not have past acts.

    Court in London , says , person who brings blade is criminal, is a crime for an ordinary knife or’ knife .

    – I do not think so …

    I am not ready to sue person thus still more by the person who has had no past acts , of nature murder or may have made experience .

    I am on / 30 / thirty years now and so far I have no and at the very few offense and as I said already never and anywhere on any occasions I have not had problems with police officers or courts, although not pool me life .

    I grew up in orphanages and I only own trainings and I have seen a straight path rather than crime.


    I add the following issues raised by the court on charges of possession of my scale model usually tipped blade / 2 / two centimes, and the fact that the peak of the tree, in this case I auditioned in court on the designated date which was scheduled for 21/11/2011 and 22/11/2011 and ended by withdrawing accusations that I raised


    The same court refused to grant me the minutes and the court of last year 2010 for a similar case.

    My passport and my knife was returned to 12.07.2011, from police station, a court order that is;

    Woolwich Crown Court .


    Court in London turns me and told me verbally that should I take on 21.11.2011 and to the latter institution in which I appeared was on 08/09/2011. Date to the end of which I quote for my appearance in court of course if no other date I will do as a residence in London / 7 / seven months and their wines will be deported by the institution for immigration, because I have not managed to get a job and because I’ve exceeded more than / 3 / three months wines of England.

    England play with me now / 2 / two years. Even to deport me, I will not leave their country until they give me the court records of last year and this year as well as a document of this prison that I lick / 4 / four months, which most likely will again put me in prison.

    What happens to me I think that is unfair and in violation of my human rights.



    Britain imposed a safeguard clause for Bulgaria

    I am writing this in relation to England, and how their legal system works.
    I appeal to all people who are in the UK and those who are about to walk or think in England. This applies to Bulgaria and especially for tourists and of course for those who have decided to immigrate to England!
    In England, people are bad, look to crush a stranger and kick it. They themselves are not fair and do not respect the law and violate human rights.
    I never, anywhere on any occasion I had no problems and I have not tried.
    On 04.06.2010 year I was in London, and was caught on 29/06/2010 are usually normal retainer pocket knife, and was introduced in jail and lawyers who were appointed by the court, which soon were instructed by the court, with the idea that he had to plead guilty and that if I pleaded guilty to go home as I fired and require independent lawyer. I said to the court by pleading that I was innocent.
    Finally lounge four months in prison without being condemned without my document issued by the court and prison, which require!
    I had many problems in prison and there had no rights. I was quartered in a cell with a large ex-offenders.

    How I got a knife, I explain.
    While cutting his backpack, someone saw me and called the police shortly after, two policemen came to me and asked me for a knife – and I said, I have them and I explained that I did not know in England how things are and they arrested me and put me in prison, and before the police asked me to go back to Bulgaria!
    In Prison Wandsworth prison where I was held for four months and one day – I require a document to a document manager refused!
    For my documents I received from the prison and my luggage, I got it three weeks later, the date of my release!
    Royal Court – London, refused to issue me a Protocol or any documents
    This happened to me on 04.06.2010 and for a short stay during
    Second case, which in 2011 was that there was a street patrol car by two police officers, and I saw them and went up a tree to pee and there they stop me, even if I did not think it would make my problem and they bicker about it I peed a little after, they decided to check my bag and found my scale model knife which does not always mean that there is a prison and courtI went a little need of wood, because the area in which we are no toilet!
    Poprintsip, I defer to target sites, but had no choice.
    I can say also that I’ve seen all kinds of people to piss on high streets and buildings, not to mention, for those who party, which I have seen anywhereIn this case, I was under warranty, they were seized my passport and I signed every day. The court is not an excuse that I knew I should not have to carry a pocket knife. Justified only if you work with them. I am justified because my job requires mock knife or knife – they are needed in the production of upholstered furniture. I wore them in public because I was on the street and I had no money for rent.
    And to justify this man no justice for them.
    I saw a very large butcher knife in a homeless Englishman-in this I mean that the police do not go hang, ie, not in jail or condemn it.
    When I was arrested for a small knife in prison a prisoner told me that he saw a policeman found a knife in Englishman and nothing he did.
    Their aim is to deport alien trapped by even the smallest and imprisoned him and force him to plead guilty, then he scored and deport him.
    For knife court says it is a serious crime and prohibition. There is a ban on a knife, the words of the court, but I do not understand why they sold freely, and why is not declared as an official ban and where he wrote this question I!
    -I think it is a serious offense when human rights are violated and those who violate them must be removed from their position!

    I live in England, as English language for me is very important because they teach myself only.
    I am very disappointed in this country.
    I am convinced that a screwdriver will make a man a criminal. Most people carry pocket knives and I am convinced that many of them would get in trouble in this country.
    From “Woolwich crown court” not my issue protocol for this case and my passport was returned and modeling knife, after seven months later This happened to me on 24.05.2011 and for a short stay during

    England does not pay benefits and welfare of innocent citizens detained in prisons in restricting discriminatory laws of the United Kingdom !

    … … I already know that there is a ban on knives and knife in England! So I want to make comments, the policy of England, and because I have suffered in this country.

    I do not know if there is a knife law in England, but if there is one, I can say that in policy, with the aim to lose a lot of people, but most people are not aware of their rights, I did not know and of course, they will be surprised who caught a knife, no matter how big they will be scored in prison.
    I am the principle if such a law for the sword, be warned people in the world, because each knows the other in Europe, England, – what are the rules.

    I have seen some wear pocket knife and I guess that many people carry pocket knives because they are needed in which I say that is normal, but those who, like me, you catch them, England would put them in prison and tortured them, hoping the person that is stuck in my prison to plead guilty, then deportation, although he is a European citizen.

    England says that crimes are with knives!
    – I wonder how many crimes have become, as long as I was and still am in England , I have not seen or heard any crime with knives of any person. If someone commits it, nevertheless, who would it be? – Most likely from Arabic and gypsy type. How many crimes happened with knives and it is in normal, I wonder? – I can say that in life there are good and bad times. Yes, it is not good to get these crimes with a knife, but I wonder why he had made man acts like a knife?

    For this purpose, you have a way, and all the other crimes that are, to this end, the police monitor irregularities and related crimes with knives instead of England to justify with that. Police not doing his job, keeping abreast of such irregularities and makes references to people like me, in no time and it wakes me up and tells me where to sleep, instead of making the following types of problems.

    I’d also like to add the following, which is as follows:

    On one hand, I agree to have such a law on knives, but the other side did not agree and do not have to accept such a thing because many people will have their human rights violated. I disagree, because someone who performs such acts with knives judge in all of us, as I said, many people will be judged unfairly!

    I do not think you can judge for people who carry a pocketknife, especially in individuals who had no previous offenses of general nature . I agree to judge for people who are caught with a knife or experience may have been a crime, of any nature !
    That person is caught in a public place or has found a knife in his backpack and holding, a simple pocket knife in a public place or anywhere – I would not say that it can accommodate and interpret the law for criminal offenses !

    I can say also to those who are criminals that they have rights, but for those who are trapped like me a knife is useless to speak.

    If you already have such a law on knives, no problem, but to comply with the law and human rights, and to comply with rules /EU/

    I’ve had no problems anywhere, nor have I tried, and he’s only thirty years.

    England failed me condemned and act as I have a right to claim damages for which I had requested, but the party refuses to give me, I also wanted to give me a job for me to drop restrictions, limitations placed on the labor market , Bulgarians and Romanians.
    – So, I made requests, but they refuse and do not give me that documents with records I can protect my rights in Strasbourg!
    Refuse, and because it’s in their policy and to surprise people who do not know a knife in England, to warn the police, which is also in their policy.

    Me, I could not condemn England, he could not do it because their system works more subtle way, sending me their lawyer, he instructed him with the idea of recognizing a person that is stuck me in jail and that if I pleaded guilty to go home – these are the words of the lawyer who sent me the court in 2010 and 2011, a pocket knife and modeling with peak two centimes !

    I am convinced that this country works this way for years and was able to judge many people, got them in prison and tortured them until plead guilty. – This is for those that do not have sufficient reason to sue. This country also continues to work and seek ways and occasions to kick foreigners.
    England seek occasions to deportation people like me who are on the street and watch them scored in jail and waiting to be found guilty, it is for those for whom there is no reason to sue!

    This country will be able to order a lot of people, but like me, very rare!

    At least it works so that England be honest – those like me who failed to condemn and justify them as innocent, to pay compensations, not only scoring in prison and to introduce stricter rules!

    I’m on this principle, if someone wants to help others, at least not his way.
    England, it is to be accepted into the European Union?- Most likely, the money of Europe!

    I appeal to the European Parliament, the Government Regulations of England, which country introduced restrictive discrimination legislation , in which citizens and treat them liava of liberty and freedom of movement !
    Immigration and the Judiciary not issue decisions on the detention of a citizen , also they do not issue the documents to which they give reasons under arrest and deportation !

    For those who do not issue decisions that must be defined as a criminal offense !

    Authorities of England and the judiciary , and immigration did not issue decisions to give reasons is not to be responsible,andother purposes is the applicants themselves can not defend their rights , and of course fail to condemn State or any administration !
    Should not be considered limiting law !
    You should , by the European Parliament to become familiar with the laws of Great Britain !Police chase homeless people who sleep on the streets , in place to monitor those who make trouble !
    The police and the government says the homeless beg, but they persecute those who do not beg !
    Themselves Englishmen do not want foreigners, mostly poor homeless !

    Completely restrictingdiscriminatory laws that the UK, introduced with the purpose to deprive citizens of othercountries, the freedom of movement and rights!
    When you put someone in jail, they hold him while pleading guilty by the court of London, sent lawyer jailed that lawyer instructed him with the idea to require the person to plead-
    guilty, and then go home!
    Due to improper administration, the Ombudsman is the one who has to prepare until then to submit it to the European Parliament to take measures to prevent discriminatory laws limiting!Follow any information to find out everything !

    Or go to and write in search INFO LONDON PAVEL PETKOV at WORLD LAW DIRECT

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