Part-Transcript of Coroner Court Proceedings
Mr Frank Smith, deceased
Fri, 20/08/09, from 1500h onwards
(Coroner Speaking) “Ladies and Gentlemen, thank-you for patiently waiting for me. I have sought advice and clarification from various agencies and have decided to proceed with this inquest…
(Mr King, QC) “Sir, may I interrupt? My client feels so strongly that Sergeant Long should be present to give evidence that we will make an application at The High Court later today for a writ of Habeas Corpus…
(General noise for some seconds)
(Coroner) “Mr King, do you have some evidence that this official is being detained by the state? What is your ground for this outlandish claim?”
(Mr King) “We will present our evidence at High Court, Sir.”
(Coroner) “I would value your cooperation Mr King, please?”
(Mr King) “Sir, with due respect to the authority of this court, it is our firm belief that Sergeant Long is being positively prevented from attending…”
Internal Memo, SECRET
Cabinet Office Secretariat to
“The Project” Management Team
Sat, 21/08/09, 1200h
Further to our telephone discussion earlier, you insisted on a formal request for disclosure of the whereabouts of Ms Long. On the direction of the Lord Chancellor and Prime Minister you are to reveal, by immediate return of email, what you know of the current, precise location of Ms Long and why she is in “protective custody”. This is to provide factual background for the Official Solicitor’s reply to the Habeas Corpus application. Reply within 2 hours.
Commander, Spec Op Dir; FLASH SIGNAL
FAO Operation PsyCoChemManip; alpha list only
- All recipients are to be aware of the attached communication.
- Action “The Complex” Closure plan as per Operational Protocol.
- Confirm completion of specific functions by return of signal.
Copy of Memorandum; SECRET classification
“The Project” Management Team to Cabinet Office Secretariat
Original Sat, 21/08/09, 1345h
Further to your email of 1200h today. Ms Long was deemed to require private seclusion for evaluation of her mental health. She had become agitated and over-concerned about the case of Mr Damien Donald, whose death at “The Complex” she was preparing for inquest. She has been found to be mentally stable and will be assisted to appear at The High Court whenever required.
Extracts from BBC Radio News Item
Sun, 22/08/09, 1550h
“… today’s High Court hearing to consider granting a writ of Habeas Corpus. The named individual, Sergeant Lisa Long, Coroner’s Officer, was brought to the court in the company of a civil service welfare officer. They were interviewed in private by the Duty High Court judge who returned to chambers to dismiss the application. Ms Long is believed to have left with her escort and is reported to be attending the adjourned Frank Smith inquest, for which she has been subpoenaed to attend and due to recommence next Friday 27 August.”