Senator from Jersey accused of leaking police report wants asylum after fleeing trial (25.10.09)

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Daily Mail, 25th October 2009

by Eileen Fairweather

A leading Jersey politician accused of leaking a police report is claiming asylum at the House of Commons because he believes he will not be given a fair trial on the island.

Senator Stuart Syvret, a former Jersey health and social security minister described by supporters as a ‘voice of the people’, fled to London shortly before he was due at a court hearing on Wednesday.

He has moved into the home of Liberal Democrat MP John Hemming, who is backing the senator’s case for ‘legal asylum’.

As a Channel Islands citizen, Mr Syvret has an automatic right to live in Britain, but the senator will tomorrow ask the British Government for ‘protection from harassment’ from the Jersey authorities.

He was arrested and charged in April for data-protection offences after he made public a police report into an aborted investigation into the…

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