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Extinction Rebellion conviction overturned at Old Bailey

It comes after Amelia Halls was arrested for protesting on Hartmann Road, a road on the approach to London City Airport, in October 2019

Garden Court Chambers has announced that Shina Animashaun from its protest team has successfully overturned XR conviction for client Amelia Halls, an Extinction Rebellion protester. 

Animashaun was instructed by Adeela Khan of Edward Fail Bradshaw and Waterson.

The client, Amelia Halls, was first convicted in April 2021 for wilful obstruction of the public highway at the City of London Magistrates Court. 

It comes after she was arrested for protesting on Hartmann Road, a road on the approach to London City Airport, in October 2019. 

Halls appealed on the basis that Hartmann Road is not a public highway, but instead a private road and that no obstruction actually took place. She also relied upon her article 10 and 11 rights (freedom of expression and freedom of assembly and association), as well as the recent decision of the supreme court in DPP -v-Zeigler [2021] UKSC 23.

The prosecution did not contest the appeal, but instead said that in light of the supreme court’s decision and the fact that there was “insufficient evidence”, the case should be withdrawn. 

The head of Edward Fail Bradshaw and Waterson’s Protest Team, Adeela Khan said: “It was never in the public interest for the CPS to prosecute 1000s of Extinction Rebellion peaceful protesters.  

“Those who exercise their fundamental human right to protest in this way to highlight the failures of the Government’s climate policy ought to be protected and not prosecuted.  We hope that CPS will now review all outstanding Extinction Rebellion cases in light of the decision in Supreme Court case of Ziegler and the Judges comments today.”

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