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Inside at Xmas

Issue No. 1677

WINSTON SILCOTT hit back at the weekend at the Metropolitan Police and the right wing press campaign against him. Winston spoke out in Observer and Guardian newspaper interviews. He has been in jail for 14 years after he was wrongly convicted of killing PC Blakelock during the 1985 Broadwater Farm riot in north London. He was cleared of the killing in 1991. In November he was awarded £50,000 compensation for malicious prosecution in the Blakelock case.

Winston is still convicted of the murder of Anthony Smith, although all the evidence supports Winston's argument that he acted in self defence. Sections of the press and police constantly imply Winston is guilty of the Blakelock murder and that he should rot in prison. In the Observer Winston said, 'The police make out that they've done their job, that they got their man [for Blakelock], that my conviction was overturned on a technicality. But it's not a technicality. There was a lot of forensic evidence.'

You can send an Xmas card or write to Winston at B74053, HMP Maidstone, 36 County Road, Maidstone, Kent ME14 1UZ.

SATPAL RAM was attacked in November 1995 by racists in a Birmingham Indian restaurant. Fearing for his life, Satpal defended himself. His attacker later died after refusing hospital treatment. Satpal has been moved over 50 times from prison to prison and kept in solitary confinement because he refuses to admit his 'guilt'. His case is being considered by the Criminal Cases Review Commission-the body set up to examine miscarriages of justice. Satpal's parole hearing is due in the new year.

Satpal Ram, E94164, HMP Full Sutton, Moor Lane, Stamford Bridge, York Y04 1PS.

THE M25 THREE were wrongly convicted of murder and robberies along the M25 motorway in 1990. The robbery victims say the attackers were two white men and a black man. All three of the M25 Three are black.

Raphael Rowe, MP 3660, HMP Kingston, Milton Road, Portsmouth, Hants PO3 6AS.

Michael Davis, MP 3661, Swaleside Prison, Brabalon Road, Sheerness, Kent ME12 4DZ.

Randolph Johnson, MP 3903, York Prison, Askham Grange, Askham Richard, York YO2 3PT.

ISHTIAQ AHMED has been in prison for ten years for the Reading 'bedsit murder' that he has always said he did not commit. Ishtiaq Ahmed's sister, Naheed Khan, said, 'It's a miscarriage of justice.' After ten years a key witness has admitted that Ishtiaq is innocent. His case is being considered by the Criminal Cases Review Commission.

Ishtiaq Ahmed, WV2288, HMP Coldingley, Shaftesbury Road, Bisley, Woking, Surrey.

ZOORA SHAH has been in jail for eight years for killing a man who had sexually and physically abused her for 12 years. Protesters in support of Zoora, unjustly jailed for murder, were due to hand in a 5,000 signature petition to the Home Office on Wednesday of this week demanding her release.

Zoora Shah, HMP Newhall, Dial Wood, Flockton, Wakefield, Yorkshire WF4 4AX.

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Sat 18 Dec 1999, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1677
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