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category mayo | environment | feature author Wednesday June 29, 2005 18:50author by IMC Ireland Editorialauthor address Dublin Report this post to the editors

Shell Vs. People Of Rossport: "Mafia Threats" from Judge Before He jails The Rossport Five.

Shell Lawbreaking In Mayo: What Was Not Told In Court / Indymedia Shell VS Rossport Archive / Justice Delayed Is Justice Denied: An E-Mail To RTE / Joe Higgins Statement / Shell To Sea Dublin Press Conference: Thurs 30th June: Statement / I am Micheál Ó Seighin, of Ceathrú Thaidhg, Béal an Átha, Co. Mhaigh Eo / Galway : Rock Solid Support for the Rossport Five / The Issue For Statoil: Think For A Minute

defendants leave courtThe High Court has jailed five people at the request of Shell for attempting to stop the multinational from laying a controversial, high-pressure, "offshore" gas pipeline through their land in Rossport, Co Mayo. The judge ordered that the five men - four small landowners and a local supporter - be imprisoned "until they purge their contempt", meaning they will not be released until they have promised to allow Shell to dig up their land.

He warned them it was also in his power to seize assets, including their homes and farms. The judge also awarded costs against the five, Philip McGrath, Willie Corduff, Vincent McGrath, James Brendan Philbin and Michael O'Seighin. The landowners in question say if the pipeline goes ahead they will have to leave their homes because of the danger posed by the pipeline, which even Minister Noel Dempsey has acknowledged is "unprecedented" anywhere in the world. They had previously said they were prepared to go to jail rather than be "guinea pigs" in Shell's "experiment". Noel Dempsey has not yet given ministerial consent for the pipeline, yet the five were jailed for refusing to give an undertaking not to obstruct Shell from accessing their land to begin work. The jailing comes 10 years after the execution of nine Ogoni activists for their opposition to Shell's operation in Nigeria.

Record of Indymedia Reports as Events unfolded today - 29th June 05 Farmers attempting to stop Shell from laying high-pressure gas pipeline across their land in Rossport, Co. Mayo in the west of Ireland (a development of a type admitted to be without precedent by a minister in the Irish government) have been appearing in court in Dublin today.

Reports are coming in from supporters of the defendants that the judge, Justice McMenamin, has taken an extreme activist position on the case and threatened the defendants in a very disturbing manner.

Breaking news from the newswire:

Latest news from the Shell in Mayo case in court this morning report that things are not looking great for the people of Rossport. The Judge at one point appeared to threaten every farmer in Mayo with imprisonment. The case resumes in the High Court in court No. 6 at 11.45am. It is looking more likely that some of the people on trial will be sent to jail although sentencing may be deferred until Friday. All support very, very welcome.

Shell to Sea looking for help in protesting this campaign. Click link for regional details.
Pictures from start of protest outside Mountjoy Wed 29th 2005
Statement by Joe Higgins

Further reports will be posted throughout the day.

Background on the case was previously reported on Indymedia.ie here and here

 #   Title   Author   Date 
   judicial thugery !     krossie    Wed Jun 29, 2005 14:24 
   All Defendents to be jailed     krossie    Wed Jun 29, 2005 15:14 
   Breaking News     Shell to Sea    Wed Jun 29, 2005 15:44 
   Shocking News     Bernadette    Wed Jun 29, 2005 16:05 
   Help in Rossport now needed more than ever     Shell to Sea    Wed Jun 29, 2005 16:26 
   5 MEN WHO STAND UP TO "LANDLORDISM" OF SHELL & THE IRISH GOVERNMENT     mary belmullet    Wed Jun 29, 2005 16:38 
   XX     ED, Belmullet    Wed Jun 29, 2005 17:01 
   A bit like the bin tax jailings....     Anon    Wed Jun 29, 2005 18:03 
   shell trial     Indymedia Ireland Editorial Group    Wed Jun 29, 2005 18:41 
 10   Images from Shell Mayo injunction jailings     Indymedia Ireland Editorial Group    Wed Jun 29, 2005 19:08 
 11   judge shares     ws    Wed Jun 29, 2005 19:35 
 12   Judge probably won't get shares     R. Isible    Wed Jun 29, 2005 20:09 
 13   Pictures From Court     Shell To Sea    Wed Jun 29, 2005 20:22 
 14   More Pics     Shell to Sea    Wed Jun 29, 2005 20:26 
 15   Brought to the Bridewell...     Shell to Sea    Wed Jun 29, 2005 20:29 
 16   Aftermath....     Shell to Sea    Wed Jun 29, 2005 20:31 
 17   The Land Where the Bong Trees Grow.     Liam Caffrey    Wed Jun 29, 2005 21:09 
 18   praise     deaf to lies    Wed Jun 29, 2005 21:55 
 19   Protests begin at home     R. Isible    Wed Jun 29, 2005 22:28 
 20   Support the People of Rossport and Distribute This Leaflett     James R    Wed Jun 29, 2005 23:55 
 21   UNBELIEVABLE!     C. Moss    Thu Jun 30, 2005 03:08 
 22   From the Dock - Excerpts from rough notes     Justin Morahan    Thu Jun 30, 2005 04:40 
 23   In a great tradition     Justin Morahan    Thu Jun 30, 2005 04:48 
 24   Walk tall     Justin Morahan    Thu Jun 30, 2005 04:53 
 25   C. Moss in Scotland     Niall    Thu Jun 30, 2005 10:53 
 26   disgusted     Simon McDonnell    Thu Jun 30, 2005 12:04 
 27   Who dunnit     Jim Bob    Thu Jun 30, 2005 12:38 
 28   Shell Forums     Orlagh Spain    Thu Jun 30, 2005 14:06 
 29   Fahey dunnit     Office Boy    Thu Jun 30, 2005 14:22 
 30   C. Moss in Scotland and Everyone, message from Val     Niall    Thu Jun 30, 2005 15:55 
 31   localism     Barra Ó Gríobhtha    Thu Jun 30, 2005 16:05 
 32   The Captain from Mayo     Mac Tíre Óg    Thu Jun 30, 2005 17:11 
 33   Clean it at sea     JM    Thu Jun 30, 2005 17:51 
 34   Just a private citizen     Geoffrey Patrick Dolan    Thu Jun 30, 2005 20:15 
 35   Re. As for the judge     Skin the Goat    Thu Jun 30, 2005 22:09 
 36   Shell To Sea     M.M.McCarron    Thu Jun 30, 2005 23:36 
 37   Make wealth history.     i    Fri Jul 01, 2005 02:23 
 38   Support.     A.T.Roll    Fri Jul 01, 2005 02:53 
 39   the worlds against shell     lm    Fri Jul 01, 2005 02:55 
 40   FREE THE ROSSPORT FIVE     Bernadette    Fri Jul 01, 2005 09:05 
 41   Who's in Charge: High Court or Minister Dempsey?     MNS    Fri Jul 01, 2005 10:21 
 42   proceedings against mayo people dismissed : via rte     eeekkkkk    Fri Jul 01, 2005 12:51 
 43   Who said What     Martin    Fri Jul 01, 2005 23:04 
 44   Day 1: Mountjoy Solidarity Vigil     Shell 2 Sea    Mon Jul 04, 2005 18:39 
 45   More pics     Shell 2 Sea    Mon Jul 04, 2005 18:42 
 46   Support for the Rossport 5     Vincent    Mon Jul 04, 2005 22:51 

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