These two political prisoners can be written to at
this address: Santa Ana Jail, P.O. Box 22003, Santa
Ana, CA 92701
NATIONALIST WEEK SPECIAL REPORT
July 16, 2008
'HERETICAL 2' CLAIM POLITICAL ASYLUM IN THE
CONTRARY to reports that
Simon Sheppard and Steve Whittle had
jumped bail to live on a beach in Thailand, the
truth has now emerged as to their exact
Sheppard and Whittle are being held by the INS
(the American Immigration and Naturalization
Service) at LAX (Los Angeles International Airport)
after claiming political asylum on arrival. Help
from local comrades is being organised in terms of
solidarity, and legal advice.
Sheppard and Whittle have made a carefully
calculated decision to claim asylum in the USA
after receiving written confirmation from the US
Courts that their writings (which are posted on a
web server in Torrance, California and have never
appeared in hard copy form) are perfectly legal
under American law, and protected in the highest
degree by the First Amendment.
The Crown Court in
Leeds has asserted an unprecedented long arm
jurisdiction to take cognizance of acts done in
a foreign country. Sheppard and Whittle may be
eccentric, but they are not cowards. The
rationale of their escape was to set a precedent
for revisionists and others persecuted under
oppressive laws, and cause the maximum
embarrassment to the British government by what
will inevitably be a long drawn out and hard
fought case in the USA.
The Heretical Two voluntarily surrendered on
arrival, so as not to enter the USA under false
pretences, and made a deliberate decision to go to
the country where their writings had been published
and make a political protest, rather than luxuriate
on a beach in Thailand.
Yorkshire Post, 16 July 2008
flee to US for political asylum
By Rob Preece
men convicted of publishing race-hate articles on
the internet have skipped bail and fled to the
United States to claim political asylum, the
Yorkshire Post can reveal.
Sheppard and Stephen Whittle were given bail by a
judge at Leeds Crown Court on Friday, despite
having been found guilty of a series of
pair were due to return to court on Monday while a
jury continued deliberating over further charges,
but they failed to show up.
night Sheppard, 51, and Whittle, 41, were being
held by immigration officials at Los Angeles
Airport ? outside the jurisdiction of the British
is believed that the pair travelled from the UK to
Ireland by ferry before taking a direct flight to
are likely to have their case considered at an
immigration hearing in the US before UK authorities
can secure their return.
spokeswoman for Humberside Police, which led the
race-hate investigation, said: "We are led to
believe that they are indeed being detained by the
Immigration and Naturalisation Service (INS) at Los
are in custody and we are in liaison with the INS
to establish that this pair are our two men and, if
so, what is likely to happen to them."
of Brook Street, Selby, was found guilty after a
seven-week trial of 11 counts of publishing
racially inflammatory written material.
jury gave unanimous verdicts on nine of the charges
on Friday, and returned with two majority verdicts
on Monday while Sheppard was absent.
of Avenham Lane, Preston, was convicted of five
counts of publishing racially inflammatory written
of the verdicts were reached unanimously on Friday,
and the fifth was returned by a majority of 10 to
one on Monday after Whittle had
jury were unable to reach verdicts on seven further
race-related charges which Sheppard
spokeswoman for the Crown Prosecution Service said
it had yet to decide whether Sheppard should be
retried on the seven outstanding charges. It has 14
days to reach a decision.
case is due to be considered further at a hearing
at Leeds Crown Court on July 28.