Published: 2020-08-21


For musician Alison Chabloz, 56, 2020 has been another eventful year. January 10th, Chabloz' appeal at Derby Crown Court against an eight-week prison sentence (breach of a 12-month social media ban for writing on her own website) was adjourned by HHJ Robert Egbuna; disclosure of communications between Chabloz' accusers - pro-Israel NGO "Campaign Against Antisemitism" (CAA) - the Crown, the National Probation Service and indeed the Ministry of Justice was, for some reason, unforthcoming... Chabloz was granted unconditional bail by the judge who decided that the appeal could not proceed properly without full disclosure of the relevant papers.

On stepping outside court shortly after HHJ's decision, Chabloz was immediately rearrested by two East Midlands Special Branch officers, acting on yet another complaint by Steve Silverman of CAA, for causing gross offence by posting the link to an Internet Radio Show on GAB. Interrogated and held until it was too late for Chabloz to return home that same night, she was bailed to return to Derby Police Station, with the condition "not to post anything online".

The bail-to-return order with the same condition was reissued every month for the next six months, always at the last minute, without the slightest regard for Chabloz' livelihood, well-being or indeed current bail law.

Just over six months later, July 31st, Derby Crown Court heard that the Crown would no longer be contesting Chabloz' appeal:

"The documents in this case have been carefully reviewed and considered at length. We maintain that there was a breach and that Ms Chabloz-Tyler [sic] went against the spirit, at least, of the prohibited activity requirement by continuing to post comment which some would find offensive on her personal website. However, we recognise after full consideration that the prohibited activity requirement, of necessity non-specific, may have been insufficiently precise for Ms Chabloz-Tyler [sic] to have been sufficiently clear as to her obligations. Given that breach proceedings were not instituted until after the requirement came to an end, and the delay which has arisen since that time such that the sentence as a whole has now concluded, we consider that it is no longer in the public interest to oppose this appeal, and will indicate the same to the Court for the matter to be concluded.

"Case to be dismissed in the interest of justice."

In short, quite a significant victory for Chabloz and her legal team. The Crown's "against the spirit" argument is nothing more than a fig leaf, imposed to conceal the fact that the undisclosed documentation no doubt contains further evidence of a Zionist conspiracy to silence Chabloz - a point recently validated by long-awaited disclosure in Canadian Arthur Topham's almost identical breach trial in Vancouver.

Back in Britain, the enemies of free speech made sure that Chabloz' victory was short lived.

Two hours after the Crown had officially told the court that the case was to be “dismissed in the interests of justice”, Chabloz received an email from (former?) Detective Reed (- according to the latest paperwork now just plain old "PC Reed"), announcing that the Crown was finally in a position to charge Chabloz with the offences for which she'd been arrested January 10th, as described above.

January 10th to July 10th - precisely six months of waiting for a charging decision for an offence with a six-month time limit for prosecutions...

Chabloz paid almost £100 for the privilege of travelling back up to Derby to be charged on the hottest day of the year so far. The authorities clearly wish to string out Chabloz' bail conditions (= gagging order) for another six months until next January, meaning Chabloz has already been found guilty and punished, even before setting foot in court.

CAA were predictably hasty in gloating on their website. No mention of Chabloz' appeal victory; just the usual litany of accusatory inversion. According to former barrister Millard, this latest hit piece is quite possibly in contempt of court. (scroll half way down for the relevant segment).

Rewind slightly to the end of May and Chabloz' second arrest of the year, this time on an accusation of "religiously aggravated harassment" coming from founder of yet another pro-Israel lobbying organisation, the delightful Ambrosine Chetrit of "Eye On Antisemitism". Chabloz' own report can be found online here:

Yesterday, August 20th, Chabloz was supposed to return to answer bail after a three-month stint on another set of conditions, this time not to contact the complainant.  This latest case is almost the exact same scenario as Chabloz' very first arrest back in 2016: same complainant, same complaint, same theft of Chabloz' electronic devices, same initial bail conditions (not to contact "the victim"), then "released under investigation" - as happened again yesterday. The prior case ended with No Further Action. Millard again reports succinctly, elaborating his thoughts:

Regarding the January charges, Chabloz' has now been granted legal aid to challenge the lack of fairness and points of law concerning the Crown's tardive charging decision. This hearing is being stalled by the Crown's apparent reluctance (once again) to deliver the relevant papers to Chabloz' lawyers.

  • In light of the ongoing persecution and of what basically amounts to an unlawful gagging order;
  • in light of the complete lack of satisfactory police response dating back to 2014 when Chabloz made numerous reports to police about both sets of "victims" (CAA + Chetrit);
  • in light of strong evidence of a conspiracy against Chabloz presented to police and in court (including clear admissions of harassment by individuals with links to the Israeli embassy in London), Chabloz intends to fight on:

"It's been a hard few months. Police have all my devices, including drafts of audio books I had recorded, ready to edit. As police still have my computer, I am unable to re-record or edit my existing work, and therefore unable to properly make a living.

"My solicitor advises that I should now report my accusers to police again, demanding to know why my previous reports of harassment, including multiple death threats, theft of my intellectual property, etc., have been ignored, seemingly to allow the state-sponsored harassment and persecution of an artist, sent to jail in her own country over a satirical song.

"Last weekend, over 1,000 people demonstrated in Tel Aviv against the Israeli state-funded broadcaster for a long-running satirical TV sketch show "The Jews Are Coming". The company, Kan, responded by stating that the show is "satire" and should be viewed as such. In my opinion, it would have been far wiser in the long run if a similar approach towards my songs had been adopted by the UK Jewish lobby and by the British authorities."


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