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A MISCARRIAGE OF JUSTICE: in graphic detail

ROGER CASEMENT WENT FROM ADMIRED KNIGHT OF THE REALM TO CONDEMNED TRAITOR IN THE SPACE OF JUST FIVE YEARS. HIS STORY IS NOW THE SUBJECT OF A GRAPHIC NOVEL BY FIONNUALA DORAN, WHO THINKS IT WOULD MAKE A GOOD MOVIE. SHE COULD BE RIGHT

Imagine the reaction if a man honoured by his country for humanitarian work was then denounced as gay — and executed. The rest of the world would be in uproar. But this is pretty much what happened in Britain just 100 years ago — with hardly a murmur of disapproval.

Even in 1916 this was a travesty of justice. Roger Casement was Irish and allegedly committed treason in Germany. But the British government managed to have him tried in the UK. After he was condemned to death, the government discouraged an appeal for clemency by circulating papers that implied Casement was homosexual. His supporters backed off and he was hanged at London’s Pentonville prison.

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On the cover, pop superstar Robbie Williams talks exclusively to John Grant about drink, drugs, sex, fame… and finding happiness. Elsewhere in this issue, Spice Girl Melanie C on her new album, gay rapper Cakes Da Killa, artist and activist Scottee, and the real lives of TV’s most famous gay ‘housewives’ as we meet the Gogglebox Gays. Plus, Outliving a Death Sentence: meet the men who have been living with HIV since the bleak days of the 80s and 90s.
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