UK PROTESTERS CHARGED UNDER OBSCURE ‘LEGISLATION’ IN SHOWDOWN WITH GOVT & ELBIT ISRAELI DRONE MAKER TO PRODUCE LEGITIMATE EXPORT LICENCES (21.08.2017)
The most famous case in the UK won against arms manufacturers was by members of Smash EDO who were inevitably acquitted in July 2010 by a Crown Court jury after they literally smashed up weapons in EDO’s factory.
They are heroes of anyone who opposes war in a case that obviously should have really seen the government and weapons manufacturers in the dock.
... manchester palestine action protest against elbit july 2017...
It is well known the government do their best to avoid juries, when it comes to war.
... smash edo acquitted in 2010...
I asked journalists in 2010 why the acquittal wasn’t not only not being covered but not being splashed all over their front pages and they tellingly said they had been instructed to come to Parliament Square and ‘cover’ the MI5 Democracy Village extravaganza instead.
A previous protest at the same Elbit drone factory in the UK in 2014 saw trumped up charges of aggravated trespass against protesters withdrawn after the prosecution failed to produce legitimate export licenses.
20.08.2017 UK PROTESTERS AGAINST ELBIT FACE PRISON TIME IF FOUND GUILTY UNDER 'OBSCURE' LEGISLATION OF 'INTIMIDATING' ISRAEL DRONE MAKER WITH LOCK ON OUTSIDE GATES
The government et al have obviously since then trawled through their legislative wheezes to rather belatedly try and now cling to a quite ‘obscure’ piece of legislation to charge different protesters under, that couldn’t possibly be consistent with even the right to protest.
... 'obscure'... level 5 fine, up to six months in prison...
The use of such obscure legislation shows a government and weapons manufacturer clutching at straws !!
They will have a jolly hard time trying to make something out of using that legislation because there was no intimidation of any kind, including against drone staff who were free to enter and leave the factory through a pedestrian entrance whenever they wanted.
... impossible to comprehend what the police could possibly have said while arresting the protesters...
The give away it is all about corporate money is evidenced by politicians desire to arbitrarily impose substantial fines through their ‘obscure’ legislation. Anything that attracts prison time should have to be heard before a jury to stop such corporate abuse of administrative governance.
... a drone manufacturer is hard pushed dishonestly claiming he finds this 'intimidating'...
The ss 132-18 SOCPA 2005 that was primarily illegally used against us, that we forced the repeal of, disproportionately 'attracted' up to a level four fine and 51 weeks in prison [because over a year attracts a Crown Court jury] because politicians are even more cynical when it comes to themselves. The union leaders collaborated in that fraudulent corporate legislation because they cut the dirty deal that they were exempt !!
There is no evidence the lawyer for the Elbit protesters, Mike Schwartz from bent Bindmans requested and received evidence of legitimate export licences -before- the protesters were charged or indeed the first hearing took place.
That could only be a deliberate ploy by Bindmans to try and delay, deter or avoid either a civil suit or different case against the government and company in the higher courts.
I remember when one young lawyer from Bindmans came to Parliament Square and incredibly complained !! about our having Palestinians in our campaign, who they also complained about having banners !! in what was a moment of clarity while the lawyer sat there wearing their Star of David. I did learn over time that Bindmans didn’t like to find themselves representing people who did not identify as British Palestinians or Jewish people who did not identify as Zionist.
We repealed the legislation we repealed no thanks to the seriously dirty and corrupt Bindmans.
The first hearing of the Elbit case in the Magistrates court shows the CPS typically wasted everyone’s time, so the case was unnecessarily adjourned for a later date without making the most basic progress while presumably continuing ‘bail conditions’ protesters had accepted.
The reality the issue is over export licences etc has been known for a long time now and won’t be definitively settled in a Magistrates Court which is a very cowardly avenue for a weapons manufacturer to skulk around in, in collusion with the government.
The ‘legal vacuum’ over supplying lethal weapons to governments has arisen because of an inherent weakness by world ‘leaders’ to not make it mandatory for governments to belong to the International Criminal Court if they wish to be recognized.
Saleem al-Saqqa from Gaza is a real hero forcing Abbas and Meshaal to join the ICC and show Netanyahu et al up.