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Merlin works his magic

Even the reincarnated can win a legal case, it seems.

King Arthur Pendragon – who 62 years ago was born John Timothy Rothwell – claims he is a reincarnation of Britain’s mythical monarch, King Arthur. Rothwell says he is a senior Neo-Druid, which is a religion that’s about nature worship.

Rothwell has just won a legal case in the UK arguing that his followers of his religion shouldn’t have to pay a £15 parking fee to the charity English Heritage. He believes the celebration of the Summer Solstice, at the prehistoric monument Stonehenge, in Wiltshire, should be free. The car park fee, he argues, breached his human rights.

The £15 charge was introduced last June by English Heritage for visitors to Stonehenge during the Summer Solstice. Normally visitors to the site can park for free, with a £5 refundable fee being charged during peak times.

A full day’s hearing was granted for the case, in which Rothwell is seeking a judicial review of the charity’s decision to impose parking charges under articles 9, 10, 11 and 14 of the European Convention of Human Rights – the right of freedom of thought, conscience and religion; freedom of expression; freedom of assembly and association; and prohibition of discrimination respectively. The hearing is expected to be held in April.

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