16 Feb: Solidarity day for Kevan Thakrar – Prisoner of CSC regime (UK)
Kevan Thakrar is a social prisoner wrongly convicted for murder. There was no DNA, forensics, ballistics, or cell-phone siting placing Kevan at or anywhere near the scene. False multiple hearsay and two questionable identifications were enough to wrongly convict and sentence to life with a 35 year tariff. From a comrade of ABC Brighton:
Despite being found not guilty of attacking three prison officers, but instead that he acted in self-defence after months of racial, physical and psychological abuse (a ruling that goes against prison officers is VERY unusual in a court) Kevan Thakrar continues to be held in the prison services ‘Close Supervision Centres’ more than five years later.
The CSCs are places of extremely restrictive solitary confinement where he, and his family visiting him, have suffered constant harassment. Kevan’s solicitor recently arranged for an independent psychologist to make a report on Kevan. Kevan has suffered with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), as a direct result of the way he’s been treated by prison guards, since before he was placed in the CSCs. The independent psychologist’s report concluded that as Kevan has displayed no violent behaviour since being in the CSCs, and because solitary confinement and the regime in these units only makes PTSD worse, Kevan should be moved back into the mainstream prison population.
The CSC management did not like the conclusion in this report so have instead decided they want to move him to Rampton high security psychiatric hospital to treat his PTSD. In a place like this doctors will be allowed to force mind altering and damaging drugs on him. Kevan, his family, and supporters are very worried about this proposed move, and whilst he tries to challenge this legally, he needs help to campaign against this happening.
The number of people suffering from PTSD in England’s prisons is probably too high to imagine. It is extremely unusual to transfer someone that has PTSD to a high security psychiatric hospital.
For more information about Kevan’s case:
WHAT YOU CAN DO:
Join the protest:
Monday 16th February, 12pm
HM Prison Service
Clive House, 70 Petty France, London, SW1H 9EX
Please write letters of support to:
Kevan Thakrar, A4907AE
Kevan was moved to HMP Full Sutton on 19/1/2015. Please check the links to his website and Facebook page above for his full correct address and more info.
Follow this link for a recent article written by John Bowden about Kevan’s current situation.
Supporters of Kevan Thakrar
This entry was posted on Tuesday, February 10th, 2015 at 2:43 pm and is filed under Prison Struggle.