A week long hearing at High Court level will take place during Jan 2004, in Bristol, to decide if the Iraq war broke either international law, or British criminal law.
A week long hearing at High Court level will take place during Jan 2004, in Bristol, to
decide if the Iraq war broke either international law, or British criminal law.
BACKGROUND: "A few days before the war on Iraq last March, 5 activists cut their way into Fairford Air Force base. Phil Pritchard & Toby Olditch, & Josh Richards, tried to reach & disarm the B-52 bombers stationed there, waiting to attack Iraq . Paul Milling & Margaret Jones disabled trucks used for carrying bombs, & tankers for fuelling the planes.
All 5 are charged with conspiracy &/or criminal damage. Each of the activists offers a
'lawful excuse' defence - that they aimed at preventing the crime of the Iraq war. Therefore, in an unprecedented move, - the question of whether the war was in fact illegal has to be considered at High Court level, before the trials can go ahead.
CALENDAR SO FAR: a) Directions Hearing On 15th December 2003. b) High Court Hearing On The Legality Of The War In January 2004 (or February). c) Trial Of Margaret Jones & Paul Milling Begins on 8th March 2004. d) This trial will then be followed by those of Phil Pritchard & Toby Olditch, & of Josh Richards.
a) DIRECTIONS HEARING @ TRURO CROWN COURT 15th DECEMBER.
Prior to the main trial there will be a Directions Hearing on 15th December at Truro Crown Court (Cornwall): 9:15-10:00am & resuming again at Noon.
THERE WILL BE ALSO BE A VIGIL OUTSIDE BRISTOL CROWN COURT.
Time: 9:30am. Place: Small Street (100 yards from the entrance to St.
Nick's market in Corn Street). Please Do Come Along To This Vigil. MAP BELOW:
b) HIGH COURT HEARING ON LEGALITY OF WAR IN JAN (OR FEB) 2004.
@Bristol Crown Court. Watch this space for more information & events.
c) 8th MARCH. TRIALS OF MARGARET JONES & PAUL MILLING BEGINS.
March 8th - Trial of Margaret Jones and Paul Milling begins. Margaret and Paul will rely on the testimony of expert witnesses. They hope to call international law experts, journalists, & a medical worker who was in Iraq during the war. This is our chance to see the Iraq war finally brought to trial in a British court.
d) THESE TRIALS WILL THEN BE FOLLOWED BY THOSE OF........
Phil Pritchard & Toby Olditch, & of Josh Richards. The verdicts of the trials of Margaret
Jones & Paul Milling are likely to have a direct bearing on these trials.