URGENT! Evidence needed for Smash EDO court case

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Oct 6 2005 14:32
URGENT! Evidence needed for Smash EDO court case

From a group in brighton, UK

As you may know the trial of the injunction taken out against anti arms trade activists in Brighton, England will start in late November. For more information concerning the injunction please visit www.smashedo.org.uk or contact 07875 708873

The trial concerns an injunction taken out under the Protection from Harassment Act 1997 by a Brighton based arms company EDO MBM against protestors. Two protestors have been arrested under the act and face possible jail sentences. One of the defences under the injunction is that of acting 'to prevent or detect crime'. The defence is arguing that under the International Criminal Court Act EDO MBM ,by manufacturing the bomb guidance systems for the PAVEWAY system manufactured by Raytheon and the Hellfire missile in use with the IDF, are ancillary to war crimes, specifically relating to the Occupation of Palestine and the Invasion of Iraq. The admissibility of this defence will be judged on November 2nd - 4th in a three day hearing at the High Court in London. In this trial within a trial, the defence will demonstrate that not only was the war illegal but that specific war crimes were committed. They will also show that EDO MBMs products played a vital role in that war. The legality of the Occupation of Palestine and EDO MBMs role will also be considered.

The case has already in its initial stages attracted a large amount of media attention and we hope in can be used to focus attention on both war crimes in Iraq and Palestine and the clampdown on civil liberties in the UK.

As this is a civil trial almost anything can go in as evidence (for example the evidence against the protestors included hundreds of pages of downloads from animal rights websites). Iraq Body Count's public report has also been submitted as evidence. What would be useful to us is signed statements of eyewitness reports, copies of media reports dealing with

airstrikes and statements from you as to how you conducted your research. Any evidence you have of types of munitions used in airstrikes would also be useful.

Unfortunately we are working to a very tight schedule and need this by October 12th.

Thank you for your time.