Statement from Ashley Mote following trial at Southwark Crown Court
15 May 2015
The verdicts against me, delivered after the jury’s lunch and deliberations lasting a mere 90 minutes or so, surprised and shocked me and my legal team.
The trial lasted a full four weeks.  It was overwhelmed by hundreds of pages of detailed numerical analysis, much of it disputed.  In the end, my five successive days of cross-examination and all the defence evidence and rebuttal counted for nothing.  It was obviously ignored.
I am advised we have good grounds for an appeal, and work is starting on it immediately.   Meanwhile, the judge has called for reports.
As my many supporters already know, I spent five years after my unexpected election to the European Parliament in 2004 fighting tirelessly towards the UK leaving the EU lunatic asylum, and meanwhile trying to protect the interests of constituents in SE England.  Millions of Brits want the UK’s independence and freedom as a global trading nation restored.  That was my aim, too.
As my eBook memoirs A Mote in Brussels’ Eye prove in great detail, I was increasingly supported in Brussels by a growing number of bureaucrats turned whistle-blowers, and others, who wanted the EU’s institutionalised corruption and mismanagement cleaned up.  During those five years I spent enormous amounts of time and money pursuing that aim.  The jury heard little of it.
Despite being based on my daily diary, the book itself was not allowed as evidence in court, except a few specific extracts relating to previous evidence.
This was a huge handicap, as were two other obstacles put in my way by the current judicial system.  Despite being 79 and with serious, medically diagnosed, memory problems, I was not permitted to use notes in the witness box.  Even worse was the prosecution’s freedom to use my court case in 2007, when the EU tried to exploit a legal situation to unseat me, as evidence against me in this case, too.  I have effectively been tried twice on the issue of my benefit claim when I was out of work 20 years ago.
Together with the understandable current climate of cynicism against anyone in politics, with hindsight these factors combined to make a successful defence virtually impossible.
Surprised at the outcome?  Yes.  Bitter at the current judicial system?  Yes.   Beaten?  No.

A Mote in Brussels’ Eye 

A full, frank and controversial account of five years fighting the EU from within the castle walls. The first ever blow-by-blow memoirs of a British MEP.My memoirs expose powerful hidden evidence wrung out of the EU revealing incontrovertible evidence of industrial-scale institutionalised corruption by EU officials : indisputable evidence of endemic EU corruption and fraud : proof of the systematic looting of taxpayers’ money : the deliberate dilution of national identities by mass immigration and imported criminality : the EU’s funding of illegal raw uranium exports to Iran : the establishment of the EU’s Global Security Fund – essentially a private slush fund : and European taxpayers’ money used to finance Hamas terrorists in Gaza.

My collective investigations into EU fraud and corruption resulted in two visits to the Serious Fraud Office with boxes of documents and evidence accumulated with the aid of a leading forensic accountant, and the former Chief Accountant of the European Commission. Another visit was made to Scotland Yard with documents and evidence of malfeasance against members and officials of the British government.  All were ignored.

I repeatedly asked one crucial question of the UK government : since the UK’s Resources Act 2000 calls for public accounts to ‘present a true and fair view’, and demands ‘that money provided by parliament has been expended for the purposes intended by parliament’, why has the law never yet been fully applied to funds sent to the EU? I still await an answer.

My researches also exposed huge hidden cash piles even as the EU endlessly demanded more from the UK : big companies lobby the EU to squeeze out competition : uncontrolled migration across EU’s eastern borders is totally ignored : illegal seizure of power and control from nation states by EU bureaucrats : 3000 secret committees endlessly planning new EU ‘law’ : professional lobbyists funded to ‘demand’ new laws already in pipeline.

I also exposed EU officials deliberately misleading the House of Lords during an enquiry : millions in soft loans made by the EU to the BBC to buy editorial support : and the European Central Bank authorising a flood of new 500-euro banknotes, used mainly by drug barons for money laundering.

‘Diversity’ was the EU’s claim, ‘regulation and standardisation’ were and still are the reality. As one EU bureaucrat put it to me in a moment of breath-taking arrogance and frankness “Nobody is responsible, everybody else is to blame, and who cares anyway?”

Five years in the EU lunatic asylum showed me that EU corruption was truly out of control.  But nobody cared any more – even if they once did.  The few, like me, who knew, understood and complained, were simply ignored.

Bureaucrats are for ever, and answer to no-one.  The EU belongs to them.  They are the self-appointed guardians of ‘the project’, as they like to call it.  Worse, they also have the keys to the safe.

Sun Tsu, the Chinese author of The Art of War, told warriors to ‘study your enemy’. I not only studied the EU – I dug dangerously deep. I became a known guerrilla inside the gates of the citadel. That’s what truly frightened them…and still does.

Brussels was no gravy train. This was politics with a passion. This was kill or be killed – and I almost was.

My book tells the full story of the UK/EU’s connivance to throw me out of the European Parliament.  It failed, but cost the British taxpayer over £1 million. It can be no surprise that the EU is still trying to damage me and my reputation to this day.