Should Michael Adebolajo have the Right to Sue His Jailers for Assault?
by Sean Gabb
10th December 2015
Michael Adebolajo, one of the men who murdered Lee Rigby in 2013, has decided to sue his jailers for assault. He alleges that the beat him up after he was arrested, amd knocked out two of his front teeth. This has caused outrage among the public and politicians.
On Thursday the 10th December 2015, Sean Gabb, Director of the Libertarian Alliance, went on the BBC Radio Ulster Talkback programme, to defend Mr Adebolajo’s right to sue.
- Mr Adebolajo committed a most infamous crime, and, when guilt is as plain as in his case, life imprisonment may have been too gentle a sentence;
- However, that was his sentence, and no sentence should entail any punishment more strict than the one laid down after conviction;
- Mr Adebolajo has been deprived of his liberty, not of his right to live unassaulted, or of any other right unmnentioned in his sentence;
- If we breach these ancient principles, we begin a process that will make us no better than the Islamic State;
- Therefore, Mr Adebolajo should be allowed to sue his jailers exactly as if he were any other person in this country.
The debate went on and on, and Sean’s contributions make up only a fraction of the programme.