Chris Grayling and the Ministry of Justice, through its “commercial brand” JSi, expect to make £5.9m out of helping the Saudi prison service.
The extract below is taken from page 6 of the Ministry of Justice Mid Year Report to Parliament (just been published) :
Do I need to remind anyone that Saudi Arabia is where Raif Badawi, the Saudi blogger was sentenced to 1,000 lashes and 10 years in prison after creating a liberal, secular website, ‘Free Saudi Liberals’. He faces lashings every Friday for the next 18 weeks, until the sentence is completed.
Laila Bint Abdul Muttalib Basim, a Burmese woman who resided in Saudi Arabia, was executed by sword on Monday after being dragged through the street and held down by four police officers. A video showed how it took three blows to complete the execution.
There have been ten executions in the first two weeks of 2015.
Back in 2006, at the insistence of the Saudis, Tony Blair quashed an investigation into BAe – Saudi corruption.
Saudi Arabia is a a major funder of terrorism and violence in the Middle East.
Saudi Arabia funded Al-Qaida.
All but one of the 9/11 perpetrators were Saudi Arabian.
It is a brutal fanatical fundamentalist religious tyranny where torture and execution is the norm and women are treated as chattel.
What is going on – we sell these people arms and fighter planes now we are going to help them run their prisons.
How does Chris Grayling sleep at night????:
Is there nothing the Tories won’t monitise? Do they have no sense of morals or ethics?
They really do know the price of everything and the value of nothing.
The final sentence says it all: [The Global Law Summit to coincide with the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta] .. will demonstrate the foundation that our rule of law has created for businesses to flourish. Is this what we have in mind when we celebrate the signing of the Magna Carta? Is this the limit of Tory aspirations? No wonder they see the Saudi prison service as a business opportunity. The Tories really don’t get it do they!
Who are “Just Solutions international” (JSi)? This is from their web site: “As the trading arm for the National Offender Management Service (NOMS), Just Solutions international provides products, services and consultancy to help improve Justice systems across the world. JSi represents NOMS on all commercial issues.” Here is a link: http://www.justsolutionsgroup.com/main/
How do you improve the process of beheading a woman who doesn’t want to be beheaded?
UPDATE 24th (Feb 21015): Man to be beheaded in Saudi Arabia after ripping up a Koran and hitting it with his shoe: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/man-to-be-beheaded-in-saudi-arabia-after-ripping-up-a-koran-and-hitting-it-with-his-shoe-10067392.html
IMPORTANT UPDATE 27th Jan 2015 “The Ministry of Justice and the Saudis: ten more unanswered questions” http://jackofkent.com/2015/01/the-ministry-of-justice-and-the-saudis-ten-more-unanswered-questions/ …
 Ministry of Justice Mid Year Report to Parliament (Published Dec 2014):
Ministry of Justice:Flogging prison expertise to Saudi beheaders and floggers (David Hencke https://davidhencke.wordpress.com/2015/01/16/ministry-of-justiceflogging-prison-expertise-to-saudi-beheaders-and-floggers/:
The hypocrites have jumped aboard the Magna Carta bandwagon – Neither the Government nor the VIPs celebrating the historic charter’s anniversary give a damn about its principles: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/law-and-order/11331353/The-hypocrites-have-jumped-aboard-the-Magna-Carta-bandwagon.html
Saudi Arabia and Bahrain: UK arms sales trump human rights: http://www.theguardian.com/world/defence-and-security-blog/2015/jan/15/bahrain-human-rights-arms-military
Saudi Arabia’s treatment of foreign workers under fire after beheading of Sri Lankan maid: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/jan/13/saudi-arabia-treatment-foreign-workers?CMP=twt_gu
Saudi Arabia publicly beheads woman in holy Mecca as blogger lashings are postponed: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/saudi-arabia-publicly-beheads-woman-in-holy-mecca-as-blogger-set-to-receive-second-lashing-9982134.html
It’s official: UK arms sales to tyrants take priority over human rights and torture: http://stopwar.org.uk/news/it-s-official-uk-arms-sales-to-tyrants-take-priority-over-human-rights-and-torture#.VLqxomZ0LKU.twitter
Happy to do business with a prison service that flogs, stones and beheads its inmates?: https://www.opendemocracy.net/ourkingdom/colin-lawson/happy-to-do-business-with-prison-service-that-flogs-stones-and-beheads-its-i