- 1st December 2000
At the end of October Satpal was told by Prison Minister Paul Boateng
further reports would have to be carried out before he could make an
informed decision on whether Satpal was eligible for parole. These
have still not been finalised today, despite the fact that the whole
process began in December 1999. Satpal has served a whole year in
undergoing a review process that is supposed to take 6-9 months.
Today Satpal was advised by the CCRC that he would have to wait
indefinitely for their decision on whether to refer his case back to
Court of Appeal. Their decision was due yesterday.
Satpal requires our support more than ever now. On his behalf we
to ask everyone to please URGENTLY support him further by faxing a
to the Home Office as soon as possible. A parole decision is still
and due to be announced any day now. Please forward this email to
Fax/Address details below:
Minister of Prisons & Probation
Queen Anne's Street
Fax: 0207 273 4090
Model Letter � please write your own letter, bearing in mind the
Dear Paul Boateng,
Re: Mr Satpal Ram (E94 164)
Further to the recent picket outside Downing Street on November 16th
supporters protested against the continued imprisonment and
Satpal Ram, we feel the following would be useful to you:
* Satpal has a strong support network, particularly in London and in
He has a stable home and job waiting for him upon his release. He has
served four years over his recommended tarrif and no purpose is
served, either to Satpal or to society, by keeping him in prison.
Satpal has much to contribute to society upon his release.
* Satpals continued imprisonment is sending a very worrying message
public about the state�s response to racial attacks, and is contrary
recent government pronouncements.
* Satpal has always been sorry for the unfortunate death of his
But he also maintains that his actions were in self defence. He is
and stable and knows exactly what he is doing and takes full
for what he has done.
* A professional psychotherapeutic counsellor who has worked
many ex-offenders with violent pasts, recently visited Satpal having
him for the past seven years and reported:
"Satpal has remarkable strength of character, he has remained
healthy, aware of his own feelings and thoughts and clearly able to
articulate them. He is able to form strong and long lasting
with his colleagues, family and supporters - despite having been
times since his incarceration. All these factors collectively point
him being a balanced and fully functioning man. I strongly believe
were Satpal to be released tomorrow he would be of no risk to the
I would urge you to make a speedy decision based on the above. It is
to make Satpal wait indefinitely for decisions that are now long
Supporter of Mr Ram