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category international | anti-war | news report author Wednesday October 26, 2005 22:23author by Observer2 Report this post to the editors

The trial continued today of the Pitstop Ploughshares at Dublins four courts. A vigil is continuing each day at the four courts in solidarity with the defendants.

author by Quarkpublication date Mon Jan 02, 2006 09:37Report this post to the editors

It's incorrect to say that Judge MacDonagh is a great-grandson of Thomas MacDonagh.

author by morenusepublication date Sat Nov 05, 2005 10:06Report this post to the editors

Shannon 5 Trial Day 8 - Jury to give verdict on Monday/Tuesday
by Court Reporter

The 8th day of the Pitstop Ploughshares trial at Dublin's Four Courts consisted solely of legal argument in the absence of the jury, mainly regarding whether the jury could consider a 'lawful excuse' defence in the context that the activists commited damage to property of another in order to save lives and property.

Deirdre Clancy, Damien Moran, Nuin Dunlop, Ciaron O'Reilly, and Karen Fallon have been charges on two counts of criminal damage arising from the their disarmament of a US Navy plane prior to the US invasion of Iraq, at Shannon Airport on February 3rd, 2003.
They face up to a maximum of ten years in prison if convicted

The judge presiding over the case, Mr. Donagh MacDonagh, who happens to be the great grandson of 1916 republican revoluionary and Easter Rising proclamation signatory Thomas MacDonagh, will make his ruling regarding whether the jury can consider the accused's defence in law, on Monday morning next (Nov. 7th) in Court 23 at 10.30am.

The jury will then hear (on Monday) closing statements from the prosecuting and defence counsels. This should take up to at least 3/3.30pm. The judge will subsequently charge the jury on Monday afternoon (hopefully) and send them away to deliberate on a unanimous verdict. If they cannot reach one they will be asked to return with a 10-2 majority to convict or acquit.

The jury have been asked by the judge to bring an overnight bag so the verdict will hopfully be in before noon on Tuesday Nov. 8th.

The trial has heard testimony from the five accused as to their honest beliefs for engaging in disabling the plane. The jury also heard testimony from Iraq war combat veteran Jimmy Massey on how he witnessed breaches of the Geneva Conventions, including the indiscriminate killing of at least 36 innocent civilians. The Genva Conventions Act of 1962 enshrines the International rules of engagement in war contained within the Geneva Conventions. Mr. Geoff Oxley OBE, a retired Royal Airforce Group Captain and military expert, explained to the court that logistics supply planes were a legitimate target in a time of war and that the decommisioning of a US Navy C-40A plane would initiate an unpredictable chain of events which would help save lives and property.

Former UN Assistant Secretary General Denis Halliday testified as to the destruction of Iraqi lives from the UN economic sanctions and how the US/UK engaged in a softening up process of aerial bombardment at least 6 months prior to the official invasion on March 20th '03. Kathy Kelly, co-founder of Voices in the Wilderness, a group extabished in 1996 to stand in solidarity with Iraqi civilians and to break the sanctions by supplying essential medications, spoke on how she met the five accused at the annual Feile Bhride peacemaking conference in Co. Kildare one week before they acted at Shannon and two days before she returned to Baghdad, Iraq.

The peace walk to remember the Iraq War dead, from the Spire to the Four Courts, will continue Monday and Tuesday next. We will gather at the Spire from 8.30am. The Peace walk will begin at 9.15pm or so.

All are welcome to participate. Placards remembering the victims of the war will be provided.

More details on the last 8 days of trial can be found at the following links:

www.peaceontrial.com

http://www.indymedia.ie/newswire.php?story_id=72668

Related Link: http://www.peaceontrial.com
author by abihanusepublication date Sat Nov 05, 2005 09:25Report this post to the editors

Consisted of legal argument in the absence of the jury regarding whether the jury could consider a 'lawful excuse' to commit damage to property of another defence. Judge MacDonagh will make his ruling on Monday morning next (Nov. 7th) in Court 23 at 10.30am.

The jury will then hear closing statements from the prosecuting and defence counsels. This should take up to at least 3/3.30pm. The judge will then charge the jury and send them away to deliberate on a unanimous verdict. If they cannot reach one they will be asked to return with a 10-2 majority to convict or acquit.

The jury have been asked by the judge to bring an overnight bag so the verdict will hopfully be in before noon on Tuesday Nov. 8th.

The daily peace walk to remember the Iraq War dead, from the Spire to the Four Courts, will continue Monday and Tuesday. We will gather at the Spire from 8.30am. The Peace walk will begin at 9.15pm or so.
All are welcome. Placards remembering the victims of the war will be provided.

Related Link: http://www.peaceontrial.com
author by Elaine via abihanusepublication date Wed Nov 02, 2005 09:25Report this post to the editors

http://www.indymedia.ie/newswire.php?story_id=72762

Court Report on the way folks. Be patient please. We don't have many personnel on the ground doing such work.

Related Link: http://www.peaceontrial.com
author by Michael R.publication date Tue Nov 01, 2005 11:40Report this post to the editors

Keep the pics coming Elaine!! I always enjoy them.

But I also agree with Mark that more transcript court reporting is needed.

author by observer2publication date Thu Oct 27, 2005 20:25Report this post to the editors

Thanks mark, had written a court report on indymedia.ie to accompany the vids but it had to be removed for legal reasons.It was basically the content of the vid.

author by Abihanusepublication date Thu Oct 27, 2005 18:28Report this post to the editors

In the absence of alternative court reports the
essence of the past three days are captured here:

http://www.indymedia.ie/newswire.php?story_id=72610

Related Link: http://www.peaceontrial.com
author by Mark C - Teacherpublication date Thu Oct 27, 2005 18:00Report this post to the editors

On Day Three:

Most of day three was taken up with legal arguments surrounding the permissibility of evidence taken from the shrine that the women defendants had set up around the damaged plane. There were also arguments about whether or not photographs of children who died during the "Allied" bombing campaign that were left at the scene of the "crime" could be shown.

These pieces of evidence are being contested by the prosecution. It is claimed that if these photos are shown it may be damaging to the state's case - even though it would be showing the truth of the situation on the ground in Iraq. The defence believes that showing the photos would present evidence of what was going through the minds of the defendants when they carried out their actions - namely, that they believed that they were protecting life and property in Iraq.

I hope I got most of that right - it's basically a transcript from the video left on radio.indymedia.org

Mark.

author by Mark C - Teacherpublication date Thu Oct 27, 2005 17:38Report this post to the editors

Great stuff Observer2. Thanks. Would be nice too if someone had some written information up about the trial. It's just that many people don't have broadband and downloading interviews etc becomes ODTAA (One Damn Thing After Another).

Thanks anyway.

author by observer2publication date Thu Oct 27, 2005 17:35Report this post to the editors

re:Marks comment above

There is more info about the actual trial including daily court reports(videodocs)

at

radio.indymedia.org

author by Mark C - Teacherpublication date Thu Oct 27, 2005 16:48Report this post to the editors

I don't mean to piss anyone off, but hasn't there been enough photos published? I'm not sure that we need the same type photos of the same type people everyday. We know who is on trial, and now know that they have lots of support, but don't know what is transpiring inside the court.

Does any one know what is happening inside the courts? I'd write something but can't get to Dublin at the moment to find out myself.

Good Luck by the way.

author by observer2publication date Thu Oct 27, 2005 14:52Report this post to the editors

For more info and daily updates check out
radio.indymedia.org a U.S based site.

author by Mary Kellypublication date Thu Oct 27, 2005 14:46Report this post to the editors

Good luck and success to the 5 defendants and their legal teams.

author by redjade - online sometimes, but more oftenpublication date Thu Oct 27, 2005 13:41Report this post to the editors

apparently this took 13 hours to hand write all 2000 names....

download hi-rez version
http://alt.cimedia.com/ajc/pdf/luckovich1026.pdf

more info...

why.
why.

Related Link: http://www.ajc.com/opinion/content/shared-blogs/ajc/luc....html
author by Elainepublication date Thu Oct 27, 2005 01:35Report this post to the editors

Greeted the Pitstop 5 after court and gathered in a circle to get updated on the days events. Then on to St Pauls for a community meal.

Fr Martin Kelly And Ciaron - After The Days Session In Court
Fr Martin Kelly And Ciaron - After The Days Session In Court

Networking
Networking

Damien Updates The Group After The Days Proceedings
Damien Updates The Group After The Days Proceedings

Ciaron And Eoin Relaxing After A Long Day In Court
Ciaron And Eoin Relaxing After A Long Day In Court

Good Grub At St Pauls
Good Grub At St Pauls

author by Elainepublication date Thu Oct 27, 2005 01:27Report this post to the editors

five

Pace
Pace

Only For You And Your Dreams
Only For You And Your Dreams

Per And Les, Topping Up The Tan
Per And Les, Topping Up The Tan

Sister Susan And Eileen
Sister Susan And Eileen

Deirdre, Sister Susan, Farah And Nuin
Deirdre, Sister Susan, Farah And Nuin

author by Elainepublication date Thu Oct 27, 2005 01:20Report this post to the editors

at the Four Courts

Two Opinions And A Suggestion
Two Opinions And A Suggestion

Prison Services Van With Carmen (Praying?)
Prison Services Van With Carmen (Praying?)

Lost In Meditation
Lost In Meditation

Conor, Justin And Etain
Conor, Justin And Etain

Buddhists Chanting For Peace
Buddhists Chanting For Peace

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