State of India versus Richard de Wit (63rd hearing)

Released by Vic Groves, Wednesday 27th January 2016 from Guernsey for Immediate Use

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Today represented the 63rd occasion upon which the court has convened to hear the above case.

Once again no progress was made in the trial process itself but this was expected.  The sole purpose of today’s hearing before Judge Rashid Ali Dar was to determine whether or not Richard de Wit, the Dutch national accused of Sarah’s murder, had appointed legal representation.   This follows the dismissal of Mr Tanweer Mir on December 28th 2015 as his lawyer – the fourth such occurrence since the beginning of the trial in June 2013.

Clearly this is not good news and further information is being sought in respect of Mr de Wit’s intentions.  The case has reached a complete impasse and until a new defence lawyer is in post, no progress can be made.

Meanwhile, Sarah’s parents – Vic and Kate Groves – are in the process of lodging a formal complaint about the way in which the trial is being conducted.  No witnesses have been processed since Tuesday 29th September 2015 – 4 months ago.

Further news will be released as appropriate.

A further hearing date has been set for Wednesday 10th February

For further information, please contact Vic Groves on or on mobile +44 7781 156743

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