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Barrister disbarred after claiming Nazi spies were plotting to nuke the Queen during London Olympics

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Michael Shrimpton was jailed in 2015 for communicating false information

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A barrister who sparked a security scare after falsely claiming that crypto-Nazi spies were plotting to blow up the Queen during the Olympic Games has been disbarred by a disciplinary tribunal.

Michael Shrimpton — formerly of London’s Tanfield Chambers and an ex-immigration judge — was convicted on two counts of communicating false information with intent. He was jailed for 12 months in February 2015.

At the time, Southwark Crown Court heard how Shrimpton had called up the Ministry of Defence to warn that nuclear weapon had been stolen from sunken Russian submarine the Kursk. The 61-year-old claimed the missile had subsequently been smuggled into the UK by a group of spies with links to the Nazis and was being prepped for an attack on the Queen at the London 2012 Olympics.

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In the wake of the decision, it emerged that Shrimpton was also convicted of an offence contrary to the Protection of Children Act 1978 following his making of images or pseudo images of children. During the case at Aylesbury Crown Court, he claimed that secret service agents planted the images on his computer memory stick in a plot to discredit him.

Shrimpton — who was called to the bar in 1983 — was sentenced to a three-year supervision order, was made the subject of a five-year sex offender prevention order and placed on the sex offender register for five years. Shrimpton has been suspended from practising as a barrister since this conviction.

Commenting on the order to disbar, a Bar Standards Board spokesperson said:

“Mr Shrimpton was charged with having behaved in a way which was dishonest or otherwise discreditable and/or likely to diminish public confidence in the legal profession or otherwise bring the legal profession into disrepute. The tribunal found that his behaviour was indeed incompatible with the duties of a barrister and their decision to disbar him reflects the seriousness of the charges.”

The tribunal’s decision is open to appeal.

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Lord Harley of Counsel

Odd fcuker.

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Seaweed

What a shrimp.

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Anonymous

Everything and everyone is a nazi nowadays

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Lizzie the Lizzard.

What about the lizard people? VOTE LIZARD.

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Anon

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Open Minded Observer

Trouble is, if you did want to silence someone this is exactly the sort of thing you would do in the hope that their subsequent plea would be seen as unbelievable.

Shrimpton was quite anti-establishment and stood up for the little guy.

Remember the “Metric Martyrs” when local councils were prosecuting greengrocers under an EU directive for selling in pounds and ounces? He defended them.

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Anonymous

‘He may be nuts, or he may actually be telling the truth’ was the issue in his trial. With all of the (entirely proper) protection of the criminal law the jury decided that he was talking crap and he knew it.

He peddled conspiracy theories for money and fame and got what he richly deserved.

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Anonymous

So perhaps nazis were in fact planning to nuke the queen in 2012?

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Anonymous

I mean, can any of us say for sure where the Kursk’s nuclear missile is right now?

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Anonymous

Right now? I can’t be absolutely certain. They were definitely in my garage when I left for work this morning though.

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Anonymous

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Anonymous

Oh dear.

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Anonymous

This from a previous article in this august publication:

“Mr Shrimpton insisted the DVD was a reference to a covert and rather sinister agency of the German Defence Service set up during World War Two but still very much active. He said it was the DVD responsible for sabotaging the Kursk in 2002 and removing four warheads.”

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Men in White Coats

They are coming to take me away. Ha ha.

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Anonymous

How shellfish of disciplinary tribunal! They, like the British public, are shrimply not ready for the truth.

Bet Shrimpton is feeling a bit crabby today.

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Anonymous

What happened to Shrimpy’s post? Why was it deleted?

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Anonymous

Yes. On the orders of a ring of Austrian Nazis known as The Golden Amulet, who have not only infiltrated Her Majesty’s corgis, but are also balls deep in our judiciary.

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