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Christian street preacher arrested for second time in a week

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Issued on behalf of Christian Legal Centre
Press Release
For Immediate Release
25 SEP 2013

Christian street preacher arrested for second time in a week

A church minister in Scotland has been arrested for the second time in the space of a week for "breach of the peace".

Rev Josh Williamson, who was arrested last Wednesday, was arrested again on Saturday (21 SEP) in Perth whilst he was preaching on the high street.

He was to be held in custody until Monday (23 SEP) but was released at 9.30pm on Saturday evening after being held for over five hours in the cells.

Rev Williamson recorded the incident on camera and also made an audio recording on his phone of the trip to the police station in the police car.

His MP3 player has been kept as crown evidence and the Procurator fiscal will review the evidence.

Christian Legal Centre is supporting Rev Williamson.

Andrea Minichiello Williams, CEO of Christian Legal Centre, said:

"The arrest of street preachers is happening with alarming regularity. There is no law against what Rev Williamson was doing and he has now been wrongly arrested twice.

"It's time for the police to sort this out. Officers are routinely misapplying the law and needlessly arresting people who are sharing a message of good news.

"Freedom of speech is a fundamental freedom that is crucial to a thriving democracy. This arrest, along with other recent arrests, shows that this freedom is being eroded more quickly than many people realise.

"It is also deeply ironic that Rev Williamson was arrested for 'breach of the peace' whilst speaking the ultimate message of peace."


Notes for editors:
A video recording of Rev Williamson's arrest (with subtitles) is available at the following link (police begin speaking to him at 6 mins 52 secs):

For further information / interview:
Andrea Minichiello Williams - 07712 591 164


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