There was controversy as Dick X, a New Zealander who entered the UK at some point this year, was released on bail today in relation an alleged rape in Germany. There is no record of X entering the country and a European arrest warrant was issued in relation to X’s alleged rape. The district judge said that X should be released because he had read an article in a newspaper that suggested that the allegations against X were politically motivated. X runs a website that has posted various stories alleged by one women’s group to be misogynistic.
X has no permanent residence in the UK but after bail was posted by Richard Littlejohn, Jim Davidson, and Jon Gaunt who supported X’s right to free speech the district judge shocked onlookers by releasing X on bail.
Groups have slammed the decision pointing out the seriousness of the rape charges against X.
In other news, the editor in chief of the wikileaks website was remanded in custody today after bail was refused on a rape charge, despite Jon Pilger, Ken Loach and Jemima Khan agreeing to post bail. Public sympathy remains against Julian Assange given the seriousness of the charges against him.