MET POLICE MUST SWIFTLY INVESTIGATE GRENFELL FIRE AND ARREST SUSPECTS
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WE URGE METROPOLITAN POLICE COMMISSIONER CRESSIDA DICK TO VIGOROUSLY PURSUE THE CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION INTO THE DEATHS OF 79+ PEOPLE IN THE GRENFELL TOWER FIRE AND TO SWIFTLY ARREST THOSE SUSPECTED OF INVOLVEMENT
How many days have now passed since the horrific night of Wednesday 14th June, 2017 when at least 79 were killed in London’s Grenfell Tower fire? In that time, how many incriminating emails and documents may have been deleted or shredded?
We are concerned that, up until now (Sunday 25th June) and as far as we are aware, there have been no arrests, seizure of documents, sealing of offices or freezing of accounts. It took two days for manslaughter arrests to be made in the 2004 Morecombe beach disaster, and one day only in the 2012 Costa Concordia sinking—both led to successful prosecutions.
We, as artists and curators—colleagues of the gifted photographer Khadija Saye, who worked with her in the Diaspora Pavilion in Venice this year, were devastated to learn that our treasured and beloved sister was killed in the fire, along with her mother Mary Mende. We were heartened by the bravery and skill of the emergency services, as well as the outpouring of love and support from citizen volunteers—including those from amongst our number who were traumatised as they sought to help Khadija, her family and neighbours in the immediate aftermath of the disaster.
This apparently predictable inferno has caused considerable grief and suffering. From the multiple reports of previous warnings, criminal culpability appears to be at the root of this entirely preventable tragedy. Even the Chancellor of the Exchequer said the building was illegally clad with a banned highly flammable material.
To forestall the danger of obstruction and maximise the likelihood of a successful
prosecution, a robust, transparent, criminal investigation needs to be pursued and must include the following:
-swift collection of all evidence
-sealing of offices
-seizure of documents
-freezing of accounts
-swift arrest of suspects
In solidarity with the local residents, the Fire Brigades Union, Justice 4 Grenfell and other supporters of Grenfell, we are resolute that action be delayed no further. THIS MUST HAPPEN NOW to avoid repeating the legal travesties and the long-suffering pain caused to those hurt in the Hillsborough and Stephen Lawrence scandals. We demand immediate action in pursuit of justice for all those killed in the Grenfell Tower fire.
Signed by Diaspora Pavilion and Beyond the Frame colleagues and friends of the
much-missed Khadija Saye— artist, daughter, cousin, RIP:
Larry Achiampong (Diaspora Pavilion Artist)
Kat Anderson (Beyond the Frame Curator)
Lisa Anderson (Beyond the Frame Curator)
Barby Asante (Diaspora Pavilion Artist)
Adelaide Bannerman (Beyond the Frame Team)
Libita Clayton (Diaspora Pavilion Artist)
Lucy Cartledge (Diaspora Pavilion Team)
Izzy Castro (Diaspora Pavilion Team)
Dr Kimathi Donkor (Diaspora Pavilion Artist)
Sokari Douglas Camp CBE (Diaspora Pavilion Artist and Mentor)
Ray Fiasco (Diaspora Pavilion Artist)
Michael Forbes (Diaspora Pavilion Artist)
Ellen Gallagher (Diaspora Pavilion Artist and Mentor)
Enam Gbewonyo (Beyond the Frame Curator)
Professor Paul Goodwin (Beyond the Frame Mentor)
Joy Gregory (Diaspora Pavilion Artist)
Skinder Hundal (Beyond the Frame Mentor)
Annie Jael Kwan (Beyond the Frame Curator)
Isaac Julien CBE (Diaspora Pavilion Artist and Mentor)
Melanie Keen (Beyond the Frame Mentor)
Dave Lewis (Diaspora Pavilion Artist and Mentor)
Hew Locke (Diaspora Pavilion Artist and Mentor)
Dr susan pui san lok (Diaspora Pavilion Artist)
Gabria Lupone (Diaspora Pavilion Assistant Curator)
Paul Maheke (Diaspora Pavilion Artist)
Claire Oboussier (Diaspora Pavilion Artist and Mentor)
Vong Phaophanit (Diaspora Pavilion Artist and Mentor)
Sooree Pillay (Beyond the Frame Curator)
Sunil Shah (Beyond the Frame Curator)
Armindokht Shooshtari (Beyond the Frame Curator)
Cynthia Silveira (Beyond the Frame Curator)
Katarzyna Sobucka (Beyond the Frame Curator)
Erika Tan (Diaspora Pavilion Artist)
Jessica Taylor (Diaspora Pavilion Curator)
Allison Thompson (Beyond the Frame Mentor)
Barbara Walker (Diaspora Pavilion Artist)
Dr Zoe Whitley (Beyond the Frame Mentor)
Abbas Zahedi (Diaspora Pavilion Artist
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