21 February 2011

Codename "Perjurer"

During the Stockwell inquest (Friday, 8th November 2008), "Codename "Neil"" on page 140, beginning at line 14 says,
"14 them in the car and take them with them. Once again,
15 there was evidence of TATP explosive at the bomb-making
16 factory in Leeds. The other four devices --"
Whilst, as Bridget has point out, during the evidence given by Clifford Todd to the Coroner's Inquests into the London Bombings of 7 July 2005
Hearing transcripts – 1 February 2011 - Afternoon session
, no evidence of the presence of TATP is given.

If we take from this that there isn't any evidence of TATP at Alexandra Grove, what is "Codename "Neil's"" liability for perjury?

Section 1(1) of the Perjury Act 1911 provides,
"If any person lawfully sworn as a witness or as an interpreter in a judicial proceeding wilfully makes a statement material in that proceeding, which he knows to be false or does not believe to be true, he shall be guilty of perjury, and shall, on conviction thereof on indictment, be liable to penal servitude for a term not exceeding seven years, or to imprisonment . . . F1 for a term not exceeding two years, or to a fine or to both such penal servitude or imprisonment and fine."
On page 125 line 11 of the inquest transcripts we can see that "Codename "Neil"" was sworn. Bearing in mind section 1(2) of the Perjury Act 1911 which says,
"The expression “judicial proceeding” includes a proceeding before any court, tribunal, or person having by law power to hear, receive, and examine evidence on oath."
Did "Codename "Neil"" know that the statement he made was false or did not believe it to be true?

If he made the statement knowing it to be false then he is liable for perjury. This is a serious discrepancy; whether anything will come of it, I don't know. But if "Neil" cannot justify his answer when if called upon to do so, I would imagine that he would be facing a term in jail.

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