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[17 NOV 00] FREEDOM TO BE YOURSELF CAMPAIGN NEWS
Naked Protestor Bares All In The Dock

A Coventry nudist campaigner has appeared naked in court to face charges of causing a public nuisance.

Vincent Bethell appeared in the dock without any clothes on at Southwark Crown Court to hear charges that he kept refusing to wear clothes in a variety of public places in London during the summer.

He has been largely confined to his cell for two months at Brixton Prison while awaiting his date in court, because he has refused to wear any clothes. To keep fit he jogs on the spot in his cell.

He passed a psychological test and was not found to be insane. But he is not allowed to mingle with other prisoners because he will not get dressed.

Bethell, who is a member of the Freedom of Information Campaign, has said he will use the new Human rights act to defend himself when he stands trial in January.

His barrister said he would be relying for his defence on Article 10 of the European Convention of Human Rights.

In the meantime he has been remanded in custody, and returned to Brixton Prison naked.
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