Diary from the Inside 2 – 31 March 2021 Part 168 by Giovanni Di Stefano

Tuesday 2 March 2021

05.13 pm – “As one reads history, one is absolutely sickened. Not by the crimes the wicked have committed, but by the punishment that the good have inflicted.”

Wednesday 3 March 2021

07.12 pm -Today I passed my first covid test, which I took on Friday, 26 February 2021, and I have taken my second. If I pass that and it comes back as negative I can but only thank God, the Governors at HMP Highpoint, and the Governor here. It also allows me to travel. I will soon take my vaccine so all good and quiet on the western front – for now.”

Thursday 4 March 2021

05.43 pm -A day of indifference. I feel as if I am achieving little each day, but I hope I have secured the future for my family.

Friday 5 March 2021

05.42 pm – Today I saw a brilliant Doctor. He gave me a full – and I mean full – and proper medical examination and has given me glyceryl trinitrate. I have not seen a GP in God knows how long, but this GP was brilliant. Of course, I am worried about why the MRI? but all I wish for is not to depart this mortal coil in this rogue state. The state is rogue, but the people are good. One day this country will find its way again.”

Saturday 6 March 2021

04.44 pm – Caroline gave me the good news that Westminster Magistrates Court will hear my application to suspend any (valid or invalid) warrants on 17 March 2021. My Habeas Corpus will be heard next week, strange but the High Court is not accepting postal claims or applications. That is highly susceptible to challenge. How can a prisoner who has no outside support, and no internet in prison, have access to justice? I have – fortunately – outside support. On a more somber note, I ordered Saturday and Sunday newspapers and when I went to the office I was told: “Sorry it has not come”. Not a happy bunny but I can accept even this disappointment.

Sunday 7 March 2020

04.51 pm – Last night was hard to sleep and when I did eventually ‘nod off’ I realised I had many options open to me. At the end of the day, I am a civil detainee with so many rights granted by the Secretary of State. However, prisons that are CAT A to CAT C cannot accommodate those rights, no matter how hard they wish to do so. Then the answer is that I need to be placed in an establishment that can accommodate the rights granted to me. So, Caroline is addressing that with the CEO of the prison service. All else – well I just have to hold my nerve and wait until the next 10 days.

Monday 8 March 2021

04.20 pm -The country wakes up to children back at school and, of course, the Megan and Harry interview with Oprah Winfrey and its fall out. Harry said his father stopped taking his calls. My son, Caroline, and I probably (definitely) know why but that is another story for another time. Today, I got so upset with my friend on the phone that when it came to taking a blood test before I go to hospital my blood pressure was so low, they could not do it. I promised myself nothing will ever upset me again, so it affects my health, and with my friend all forgiven.

Tuesday 9 March 2021

06.46 pm – Something really strange happening to my records here. We will get to the bottom of this sooner rather than later.

Wednesday 10 March 2021

06.15 pm – The Habeas Corpus was filed yesterday so I am waiting anxiously for what will happen. I mean the dates are not an option. I have finished the blessed sentence. What is wrong with this rogue state? How dare they criticize Iran when the UK’s own conduct is questionable!!!!

Thursday 11 March 2021

06.20 pm – Today this morning, out of nowhere, I was told I had to move to another unit and all a few days before major court hearings. It could have been avoided but someone wanted me out of the induction unit – I mean, after all, I was taking up a double space. Where I have moved is smaller, but better anyway as there are a good few Italians here. At the end of the day, I should not be in jail as I have completed my time, but this rogue government is what it is – rogue.

Friday 12 March 2021

05.43 pm – All I can say is never mind about the Iranian in Iran having had psychological damage caused to her by her being in prison in Iran I, and many others, have the same here. I should have been able to call my family at lunchtime, but ‘they’ forgot’ to bring the phone. I was really down until I turned to what Nelson Mandela told me holding my hand. He was not allowed even to attend the funeral of his mother or eldest son, and not even allowed to grieve. He put his politics before his family, and he advised me not to do the ‘same’ I did not have the heart to tell him it was too late.

Saturday 13 March 2021

12.46 pm – Today, news from Caroline has deeply affected me and I simply cannot eat. Unsettling news has a different effect on people and with me, I just don’t understand who hates me so much as to order my transfer to ‘who knows where,’ just two days before I have two vital court cases. Sometimes I just wish that the almighty would just call my name and tell me my time has expired.

Sunday 14 March 2021

03.35 pm – I am writing this on Saturday afternoon. I managed to talk to all over lunch as the officers brought me the phone. It was very kind. I still have no idea where I am going on Monday, but I must just take it all in my stride for better or for worse, I just simply have to accept all they throw at me. This moving me around, however, shows that the government are in a weak position or they would just let me have access to courts. I can just do what I can.

Sunday 14 March 2021

01.02 pm – A very happy Mother’s Day to all mothers worldwide without which none of us would be here. And, even those who are not formal mothers I wish you all a happy day.

Monday 15 March 2021

05-42 pm –

“It matters not how straight the gate,

how charged with punishment the scroll,

I am the master of my fate I am the captain of my soul”.

Tuesday 16 March 2021

05.32 pm – Tomorrow, I am in court via video link to Westminster Magistrates Court before Judge Snow for the suspension of warrants, at least here I can now appear in court via video link.

Wednesday 17 March 2021

02.48 pm – Today, I had the misfortune to witness one of the most disgraceful acts of judicial racial bias against me since 1961. District Judge Michael Snow showed his true colors by having no regard at all to those who (shall we say so-called) lost money owing to my (wrongful but nevertheless) conviction. Today Judge Snow was told that if I were out, I would invariably be able to discharge my confiscation order, and then continue my quest for justice nevertheless pay the order. Now had I been English that would have happened. Look up Dr Gerard Smith (owes £72 million not paid a penny back and been out 14 years in the meantime). The Hatton garden robbers were out 2 ½ years trying to find between them £7 million. I can name you a host more, Simiken, Stubbs, etc, all of who have been out for years but as I am Italian and because I do have the possibility of earning £1.5 m within 9 months, the Judge would rather have me in jail, at the cost of the public purse, rather than pay compensation. Whereas my son said today – my prosecution had nothing to do with crime. It was about revenge and fear of me being released and finding the truth. Well, one way or another the truth will come out, as will the other reason why District judge Snow wants to keep me in prison which will shock many as it is deeply personal. However, you know what I forgive him. Why? I take comfort from the Bible: Matthew 18: 21-35 The Parable of the unforgiving servants. I will appeal Judge Snow, but I forgive him for his racial and personal bias as the Bible teaches.

Thursday 18 March 2021

04.23 – The discriminatory decision yesterday by district Judge Snow, may have brought to public attention the discrimination towards me through making me a political detainee arbitrarily held without just cause.

Friday 19 March 2021

07.20 pm -Today I spent all day in my room as I´m not feeling well. “Let’s see how the weekend pans out”.

Saturday 20 March 2021

05.45 pm – The trouble here is that news that is not front page, takes a while to filter through. I heard today, that Sarah Harding from Girls Aloud is not well and may not see Xmas. Well, I hope Caroline will send her a message from me wishing her well and praying to whatever – in fact, all – Gods to heal her. The spirit of courage she displays is exceptional and I wish she gets well.

Sunday 21 March 2021

01.12 pm – How do I feel today? Best not to ask. Do you know what it feels like being detained and not knowing why? And when you ask it’s as if you have asked for an explanation as to why E = mc2? This whole situation is nothing but absurd and it’s getting more stupid by the day. I´m over a year wrongly detained, if not longer and I just can’t seem to get through to anyone. The other day District Judge Mike Snow said he signed a warrant in October 2021! Did he apply his mind to what the alternatives were as he is supposed to by law? No! Going before a prejudiced Judge is like asking Henry VIII for marriage guidance. I´m still stuck here!!!

Monday 22 March 2021

02.11 pm I am shocked to learn that the British government wants to introduce a law that in facing statutes can lead to a sentence in the presentment of up to 10 years. I, therefore, suggest to all my lawyer colleagues to offer our services to pigeons who might certainly need us if this law is passed.

Tuesday 23 March 2021

07.00 pm – Well, another day in this rat trap nothing to report.

Wednesday 24 March 2021

12.15 pm – Tomorrow it is eight years that I was wrongly convicted and wrongly jailed. Today eight years later all is going wrong and there is fuck all I can do about it. Cannot believe I have allowed myself to get into this position, but I have.

Thursday 25 March 2021

07.17 pm – Well, now do you know how I feel today locked up 8 years to the day of a 14-year sentence, where the maximum time, is 7 years? Do you know how I feel? Let me try and explain in simple terms: – I feel like the carrot on the end of the line and a donkey trying to eat me. Exactly that. What the British government has done to me will go down as an act of infamy, and thoroughly shameful. Happy 8 years of unlawful detention to the British Government.

Friday 26 March 2021

07.55 pm – Yesterday, and today, I had a flurry of writing to David Sassoli, The President of the EU Parliament, whom I met in 1979 and 1980, at Camden Market, incredible coincidence, Boris Johnson who I defended when he was falsely accused of stealing a cigar case; Dec Cluskey of the Bachelors; Tom Hendry ex-editor of Daily Mirror; Martin Brunt of Sky; Pam Abadi Head of MGM; Monica Bacardi; Liz Jones and Quentin Letts. More to do, as I will not accept this incarceration that is arbitrary and allow the state to bully me into inertia. No way….!.

Saturday 27 March 2021

11.23 pm – Yesterday, was the day I was wrongly convicted eight years ago – convicted on false testimony and more important a false PNC. Why did the state do that? They must really be shit scared of me or something I know. What the state fails to realise is that some people actually have standards, and morals and even if they do know something, loyalty does not permit them to betray that trust. The state treats people based upon their own alley cat morals. One thing the state cannot do – stop time….!

Sunday 28 March 2021

07.18 pm – Well, I am following tomorrow in the footsteps of Herr Hess and going to be interned at Huntercombe. How apt eh, that I follow such footsteps he came to this country to plead for peace and in return, he was jailed. I guess after Huntercombe all that is left for me is Spandau Prison in – or Spandau Ballet???

Monday 29 March 2021

08.16 pm – The journey from Maidstone to Huntercombe was expected to take three and a half hours but the M25 and the M40 was empty of traffic so, it took just over two hours. Very friendly atmosphere here and all the concerns I may have had vanished. I took blood tests: No HIV, No Hep B, No Hep C, and blood sugar 5, with the weight of 79 kilos, meaning I have lost something like 7 – 8 kilos in five weeks. I have followed in the footsteps of Herr Hess. Wow!

Tuesday 30 March 2021

06.15 pm – All OK today, did not sleep last night but that is normal(ish). As in 14 days quarantine so I won’t get much until 12 April 2021. Let’s hope something good happens. The view from my window is truly good with gardens flowers and it’s a room with a view indeed. Tonight, I will sleep good – I hope!!!

Wednesday 31 March 2021

08.10 pm – I don’t know what Herr Hess was thinking when he was here at Huntercombe, but it cannot have been any different to my thoughts – what am I doing in jail? Until someone can answer that question, I will never be at peace with myself or at all.