HC Deb 22 March 1982 vol 20 cc237-8W
Mr. Christopher Price

asked the Attorney-General if he will make a statement on his policy towards entering a nolle prosequi in prosecutions brought in respect of theatrical performances, such as that in the case of R v. Bogdanov.

The Attorney-General

There is no policy in such prosecutions. Every case in which anolle prosequi may be appropriate is considered separately.

In the case of R v. Bogdanov the prosecution wished to terminate the case after the judge had ruled that there was evidence for the jury to consider. This intention was communicated to the defendant.

There was no way that the wish of the prosecution, which I was told had the express agreement of the defendant, could be effected without my intervention, and since it could have been oppressive to the defendant to put him again in jeopardy after he had been told that the case was to be stopped at that stage, I thought it right to enter a nolle prosequi.