LONG YEARS 1968 - 2000
May 8th 1998 Reg Kray had completed 30 years of imprisonment. He had
served one of the longest sentences in British legal history. The other
men jailed with Reg Kray were released on or about the end of their
sentences of 15 or 20 years.
Kray died in Broadmoor in 1995 whilst still serving his 30 year sentence
and Charlie Kray died in April 2000 serving a 12 year sentence for a
WHY DIDN'T THEY RELEASE HIM?
Reg completing the time set by the trial judge, and despite psychiatric
and psychological reports claiming that he was fit to be released, Jack
Straw and the Parole Board wouldn't release him or even send him to
an open prison. They claimed that 'he drank alcohol' and was 'manipulative'.
If these were adequate reasons for depriving people of their liberty,
we would have precious few politicians, lawyers or big businessmen on
this was a stitch up to keep Reg in prison. He was the victim of a spineless
conspiracy designed to prevent Jack Straw having to make a decision
about his release. Straw could not do so unless there was a recommendation
from the Parole Board, but the Parole Board could not consider release
unless the Home Secretary asks it to. Very ingenious! In effect, this
means Reg Kray could remain in prison forever.
Reg Kray was finally released, due to his terminal cancer, he remained
a prisoner to the end.
Kray was almost sixty-seven years of age when he was reluctantly released.
He was asked to pay the penalty of 30 years for the crime he committed
and he had done so (and more) without complaint.
some prisoners who had been released recently, among them paedophiles
and terrorists, Reg was no danger to the public.
we as a society believe in justice and the rule of law, we can - whatever
you think of Kray - raise no complaint about his being allowed the liberty
for which, over 30 years, he has unquestioningly paid."...... Simon
Heffer, Daily Mail, February 1998
'Nipper' Read, the policeman who led the investigation into the Krays
and their subsequent arrests said:
has done the length of time that the court felt was right for his crimes.
I see no objection to him being released."....Nipper Read, Daily Mail,