Trial date set and bail conditions removed

The three defendants in this case appeared in court this morning for a committal hearing to set a court date and hear arguments to remove bail conditions.
Solicitors representing the defendants argued that the conditions set were disproportionate to the charge and more usually used where there is considered to be a flight risk.
The prosecution did not offer any arguments for bail conditions to remain in place, an implicit acceptance that the conditions were indeed disproportionate.
The judge decided that the defendants should be given unconditional bail, meaning that Edd no longer needs to report to a police station each day, and Daniel and Simon are allowed to enter the city centre. The residence condition has also been removed.

Also in attendance at the court were 6 police officers, there because of the solidarity demonstration at Edd’s second bail hearing, just in case something similar happened, despite the fact that no event had been arranged or advertised and Steelhouse Lane police station us just a couple of minutes walk away.  The officers were present for over an hour, which has probably cost hundreds of pounds and is another example if the over reaction to this case.

The trial date was set for 19th December.
we hope (and expect) the CPS to come to their senses and accept that there is no case to be brought. Even if they are not willing to go that far, they should drop the case as not being in the public interest to spend thousands more pounds if taxpayers money prosecuting peaceful protesters

Photos and Video from yesterdays Demo

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Birmingham Guild Reinstate the Vice President Education Mobilisation!!!

Edd Bauer was arrested on Friday the 16th of September after unfurling a banner at the liberal democrat conference saying “Traitors Not Welcome, Hate Clegg Love NCAFC”. He has been constantly fighting to defend education through grass roots campaigning which he pledged to do in his manifesto

On Tuesday 27th of September Edd Bauer was suspended as the vice president of education “indefinitely”. Stop Fees and Cuts Birmingham are calling for Edd’s reinstatement to his position with immediate effect and are calling for national mobilisation.

Please bring placards and banners and lets show Birmingham Guild of Students that the Banner didn’t bring the Guild into disrepute this illegitimate and undemocratic process of suspending a democratically elected representative is what is bringing the guild into disrepute!

This is a serious issue for student union democracy across the country – not just about edd. If student union bureaucrats get the idea that they can sack any officer they don’t agree with, then our right to campaign and elect our representatives freely is under threat.

Join the demonstration at the University of Birmingham Guild of Students from 1pm on Wednesday 12th October.
Attend and invite on the facebook event