Category Archives: Law

Judge goes public on adoption case accusations that led to investigation of social workers

An investigation into social workers on St Helena was triggered when their own lawyer found damaging emails that had not been disclosed in a court case, it has emerged. But the background to the police inquiry has been revealed only AFTER … Continue reading

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Interpreter hired for court case

An interpreter is being brought out from South Africa to assist at a trial at the next sitting of St Helena’s Supreme Court, attorney general Nicola Moore told members of Legislative Council. She did not identify the defendant, or the language spoken. … Continue reading

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Criminal investigation clears sex abuse whistle-blowers

An eight-month criminal investigation has failed to find evidence to justify a prosecution of former St Helena Government staff, including the social workers who raised the alarm about sex abuse on the island. Frank Wastell, who stood down as Attorney General … Continue reading

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At last, the truth about Attorney General being suspended. But you didn’t hear it from St Helena’s ‘open’ government

The people of St Helena were never told that the man who wrote their laws had been suspended while a criminal investigation took place. They were told only that Frank Wastell was leaving the island “for personal reasons”. Even when … Continue reading

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Island has desperate need for lay advocates, says judge

St Helena has a “desperate need” for people willing to take the place of qualified lawyers in court hearings, the island’s visiting chief justice has warned. Only two lay advocates remain in post after Bill Drabble and Mike Olsson stepped … Continue reading

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Soft sell: inside info that prison job advert doesn’t mention

The advertisement for the job of running St Helena’s prison makes it sound almost attractive. The “chance of a lifetime” job is described as “a challenging role in an outstanding setting” – apparently not a reference to conditions in the prison itself. … Continue reading

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UK group backs campaign to end secrecy in The Castle

A call for more open government on St Helena has been backed by a leading group in the UK. In a message of support, Katherine Gundersen of the London-based Campaign for Freedom of Information says open, honest debate leads to … Continue reading

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In pictures: pupils’ tobacco campaign posters

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Click the pic to see the posters produced by St Helena’s young people to encourage islanders to avoid smoking, with new tobacco controls due to come into force on 1 September 2012.

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Art for heart’s sake: best anti-smoking posters chosen

More than 150 young people on St Helena have taken part in a poster competition intended to help islanders have healthier hearts and lungs, and avoid a host of fatal diseases. Cameron Johnson’s picture of Jonathan the tortoise – the world’s oldest … Continue reading

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Queen bans Saints from building nuclear weapons

The Queen has signed a new law preventing people in St Helena trading sensitive goods with Iran. Any Saints who supply materials for making nuclear weapons, say – or lend their expertise – face up to seven years in prison. … Continue reading

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