Civil Liberty and Norbert Rondel

29th July 2009

Civil Liberty correspondent

Siege of Spaghetti House in 1975
Siege of Spaghetti House in 1975
Civil Liberty was very interested to read the obituary of Norbert Rondel (not his real name) in the Guardian newspaper (July 23 2009).

Rondel achieved some fame as the subject of an important legal case which determined whether a client could take action against a barrister culminating in 1969 in the case of Rondel v Worsley. Rondel was helped in his case by an academic Michael Zander who later became a QC.

But the Guardian was very timid on some other aspects of Rondel’s criminal life once he arrived in this country.

Rondel came to Britain as a ‘refugee’ before the Second World War and quickly established himself in a life of crime after giving up the possibility of a career as a rabbi. He became a strong-arm employee of racketeer and property developer Peter Rachman, who was, for a time, a lover of Christine Keeler, one of the prostitutes involved in the Profumo scandal, and another criminal co-religionist of Rondel's. Rachman was at the centre of the Notting Hill riots in London which focussed attention on the squalid housing conditions of multi-occupied slum houses with illegal immigrants.

The riots were fomented by Rachman and some agitators to persuade residents to leave the area and reduce property prices. But the riots led to the Milner Holland report on housing and improved protection for private tenants. Roy Jenkins soon to become a Labour Home Secretary was also a local resident. Rachman evicted tenants illegally and turned houses into brothels for West Indian pimps. His other infamous hired thug was pimp and petty criminal Michael de Freitas (later Michael X), of black power fame.

As mentioned earlier, Rachman was at the centre of the 1963 Profumo sex and spying scandal which helped to bring down the Tory government a year later.

Michael X became the leader of the black power movement in the UK and was
supported by several leading left-wing thinkers and activists as the ‘leader of the black community’. He was prosecuted for inciting murder against white people.

Rondel in later years was the master mind of the Spaghetti House armed robbery which resulted in a long siege and the arrest of the black criminals led to charges of ‘racism’ from the usual suspects. "We have been waiting for four hundred years for justice", they shouted as they were led to the cells. Rondel was acquitted, possibly after threatening the jury. A meeting of black leaders convened by John La Rose decided that the black community should stay silent about the claims of 'racism'.

Michael X later returned to Trinidad and killed his assistant's wife and buried her in the garden. After a trial and several appeals Michael X was eventually hanged. He was represented by human rights lawyer Geoffrey Robertson who described him as a ‘nigger with a soul on ice’. Robertson is today a leading barrister who often gives lectures about 'human rights'.

Rondel continued his life of crime to the end. Towards the end of his life, he ‘bought and sold cars’, including many stolen ones.

Readers can judge for themselves the guilt or otherwise of others associated
with ‘Norbert Rondel’.

Read what the Guardian says here.


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