Scottish YouTuber Who Faces Prison Over a Joke Can’t Get a Lawyer

By Ian Miles Cheong | 4:34 pm, June 28, 2017

Scottish comedian and YouTuber Markus Meechan, better known as Count Dankula, is facing a year in prison for recording and uploading a video where he taught his girlfriend’s pet dog how to “seig heil” on command. As Heat Street reported earlier this year the viral video did not amuse Scottish police, prompting his arrest.

“I think everything can and should be joked about,” Meechan told Heat Street at the time. “I’m still trying to find the humor in it, laughter just makes it easier to deal with.”

On Wednesday, Meechan posted an update about his case. “Legal aid application was rejected,” he posted on Twitter. “I’m fucked.”

 
Marcus Meechan and his girlfriend’s Nazi pug

“I’ve been trying to avoid that as I thought I could get legal aid, but it seems it’s my only option now,” added the comedian. Without legal aid in the UK, Meechan will not have proper legal representation, and will be forced to represent himself before a judge.

Prominent eSports journalist and former Breitbart Tech writer Richard Lewis reached out to Meechan to help him pay for his legal defense fees through the crowdfunding website YouCaring. They’re seeking a goal of £12,000 (about $15,600).

Support for Meechan’s right to free expression has garnered attention from YouTubers and celebrities, including conservative actor Adam Baldwin who tweeted “#PoliticalCorrectnessIsEvil” with a link to the crowdfund.

“When making a shit joke lands you jail time, you know that you really aren’t living freely,” wrote Bunty King. “Help this man.”

YouTuber Dave Cullen echoed his remarks, writing: “Really important one here guys. If this guy goes to jail for a joke, Scotland is in trouble.”

If convicted, Meechan will be the first Scottish comedian to be jailed over a joke.

Ian Miles Cheong is a journalist and outspoken media critic. You can reach him through social media at @stillgray on Twitter and on Facebook.

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4 Responses to “Scottish YouTuber Who Faces Prison Over a Joke Can’t Get a Lawyer”

  1. Bevernbridge says:

    Seems articulate and capable – can he not represent himself ?

  2. sovereigntea says:

    Police Scotland clearly have nothing better to do if they are wasting police time on this politically motivated BS.

    Clearly Police Scotland should be concentrating on other matters such as arresting establishment child rapists.

  3. Gordon Logan says:

    There was a similar case in Germany. A man had taught his dog to raise its right paw in a Hitler salute. It’s just a matter of time before people will go to jail in the UK for not parroting the holocaust lies. Following a ‘world’ law passed by the Israeli Knesset in 2005, the British secret services overtly or covertly persecute holocaust realists. I was told that by an MI6 officer (a Jew). I and my family were hounded from 2007 to 2012. For the last ten years, I have had problems with my internet connection.

  4. quenelka says:

    It is very suspicious how this single aspect of history research is forbidden, it;s almost as if someone has something to hide!

    I think all this holocaust promotion nonsense is backfiring – most people roll their eyes and proceed to play the worlds smallest violin.

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