The Echo reports this evening on the University’s response to a letter from the editor of Guild Gazette, Ian Rathbone, calling for the hearings to be held in public:
Disciplinary charges against ten students involved in the sit-in at Senate House will not be heard in public, Liverpool University authorities have said.
They were replying to a letter received by the Disciplinary Board chairman from Mr Ian Rathbone, editor of Guild Gazette, the student magazine, and other student officials.
The students called for public hearings in order that ‘justice should not only be done, but should manifestly be seen to be done.’
They also pressed for simultaneous hearings because ‘the charges are common to all the defendants’ and asked for them to be postponed because of the problems involved in ‘collating evidence and producing witnesses’.
The charges are to be heard next month.