Trial set for Tibet

first_imgThe New College student who ran out in front of the car of the Chinese Premier in a pro-Tibet protest last week intends to represent himself as he faces criminal porceedings in July. Appearing before Magistrates on Tuesday, Matthew Sellwood, a veteran protestor and activist, pleaded not guilty to offences of public disorder. His trial will go ahead on Monday 26 July. Recent changes in the law meant that Sellwood was unable to rely upon the assistance of the duty solicitor in the court-room. He told the courts that he was unwilling to employ private counsel and would therefore appear without representation in July. A spokesman for the prosecution estimated that the trial would take several hours to conclude. Speaking to Cherwell, Sellwood explained his intentions to highlight supposed inaccuracies in “the police witness statements and the charge sheets”. “I will also use arguments about the validity of protesting against an authoritarian, repressive government and for human rights.”ARCHIVE: 3rd week TT 2004last_img read more