Statement by Ashley Mote.
Independent MEP for SE England, 2004-09
Legal Argument Hearing, Southwark Crown Court, 15 April 2015
The timing of the charges against me - alleging deception, false accounting and fraud – is no accident. At the trial starting on Monday 20 April 2015 at Southwark Crown Court they will be strongly disputed.
The trial has been set to run throughout the election campaign and is clearly intended to damage UKIP’s prospects. The timing is blatant politics.
The charges follow over ten years of continuous investigation by the EU into my political activities while a MEP (2004-09), and since.
On instructions from the EU, the British police raided my home without warning in March 2013, a month after publication of my whistle-blowing memoirs A Mote in Brussels’ Eye.
Now, over two years later, I am finally charged right in the middle of a UK general election.
The allegations made against me are rejected without qualification.
The EU’s bureaucrats have unlawfully pursued a vigorous and deliberate policy of harassment against all anti-EU MEPs for over two decades. It must stop.
Meanwhile, the CPS and Hampshire police have some serious questions to answer. The freedom of MEPs to act according to the mandate on which they were elected is protected by law – the EU’s own treaties. Furthermore, officials have no right to interfere with those activities, however distasteful and inconvenient they may be to pro-EU bureaucrats.
My meticulous accusations against the EU stand. They include incontrovertible evidence of institutionalised corruption by EU officials; proof of systematic looting of taxpayers’ money; the deliberate dilution of national identities by mass immigration; the EU’s funding of illegal raw uranium exports to Iran; the establishment of the EU’s Global Security Fund – essentially a private slush fund: and European taxpayers’ money used to finance Hamas terrorists in Gaza. (Hamas recently became an approved EU organisation.)
My collective investigations into EU fraud and corruption resulted in two visits to the Serious Fraud Office with boxes of documents and evidence accumulated with the aid of a leading forensic accountant, and the former Chief Accountant of the European Commission. Another visit was made to Scotland Yard with documents and evidence of malfeasance against members and officials of the British government. All were ignored.
The Government Resources Act 2000 calls for public accounts to ‘present a true and fair view’, and demands ‘that money provided by parliament has been expended for the purposes intended by parliament’. Why has the law never yet been applied to funds sent to the EU?
My memoirs, A Mote in Brussels’ Eye, encapsulate my defence. The contents have long been in the public domain and the book itself has been selling well all over the world since publication over two years ago. Memoirs link :
My website : http://amoteinbrusselseye.blogspot.co.uk/ has a full statement rebutting these latest allegations. It will be updated as events unfold. (ends)