Freeing the Innocent: From Bangkok Hilton to Guantanamo

Freeing the Innocent: From Bangkok Hilton to Guantanamo

Cover of Freeing the Innocent by Stephen Jakobi

Author: Stephen Jakobi (Clare 1953)

Publisher: Book Guild

Stephen Jakobi started devoting his working life to the cause of justice for foreigners at an age when most of his contemporaries were contemplating retirement. This is his riveting account of his life as a leading international human rights lawyer.

From an early age, Stephen believed it was his duty to give something back to society. From his schooldays he'd held an absolute mistrust of authority and hatred of victimisation; politics gave him a familiarity with media and public relations and over the years he gained the necessary experience of the practice of criminal law to become an effective human rights lawyer.

Amongst the many headline names that Stephen has tried to help achieve justice are the British nanny Louise Woodward, the Greek plane spotters, the football fan Garry Mann and the Manchester United Six. But it all began with Karyn Smith, a British national in Thailand who was accused of smuggling heroin…

Stephen founded Fair Trials International (then Fair Trials Abroad) in 1992, in response to Karyn Smith's case, believing that the right to a fair trial is one of the cornerstones of a just society. Behind him in his work has always been his wife Sally, supporting him and encouraging him to do what is right, however hard.

Publication date: 
Thursday 26 March 2015

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