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Not Guilty. The Pitstop Ploughshares All Acquitted on All Charges

category dublin | anti-war / imperialism | feature author Tuesday July 25, 2006 14:20author by redjade Report this post to the editors

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The verdict was given at aproximately 11.50 a.m. this morning at this significant trial in The Four Courts. Since their action on the 3rd February 2003 the five defendants have waited three years for todays verdict, under onerous bail conditions, with two other trials collapsing (Trial 1,Trial 2). In a statement released immediately after the verdict the Pitstop Ploughshares said:

"The jury is the conscience of the community chosen randomly from Irish society. The conscience of the community has spoken. The government has no popular mandate in providing the civilian Shannon airport to service the US war machine in it's illegal invasion and occupation of Iraq.
"In 1996 in Liverpool the Jury acquittal of the four 'ploughshares' women contributed to the end of arms exports to the Suharto dictatorship in Indonesia and the independence of East Timor.
"The decision of this jury should be a message to London, Washington DC and the Dail that Ireland wants no part in waging war on the people of Iraq. Refuelling of US warplanes at Shannon Airport should cease immediately. "

- Ciaron, Damien, Karen, Deirdre and Nuin.

Indymedia has seen sterling work reporting this trial which has been ignored by the rest of the Irish media with daily court reports: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5, Day 6, Day 7, last days and reflections from many participants as well as a photo essay of the verdict day along with a revolt video contribution.

Here Kathy Kelly reflects , on Closing Speeches in Pit Stop Ploughshares Trial, this post also includes the closing statements from the prosecution and defence. The trial has also seen public meetings featuring *Former U.S. Marine Sgt. Jimmy Massey & Kathy Kelly, while within spitting distance of the war-mongers lair (UK Houses Parliament), Brian Haw bore witness to the Ploughshares and there have been solidarity marches too. Indymedia.ie has a pre-Trial discussion with Ciaron about the Ploughshares' action, the upcoming trial and the meaning of resistance in the Era of the 'War on Terror': Faith of Our Fathers: (transcript / .mp3)

But, it has to be remembered, that this victory can only be an encouragement which should revitalise the anti-war movement here. As reported by the Shannon Planespotters - CIA Rendition and covert aircraft are still using Shannon airport

You can visit the Peace On Trial website for more information on the CW5 by clicking here.

There will be much emotion and relief for the Pitstop Ploughshares and their supporters at this verdict. I presume the information I have just been given is correct.

 #   Title   Author   Date 
   cw5 not guilty     me    Tue Jul 25, 2006 13:04 
   from Aotearoa NZ     Manu Caddie    Tue Jul 25, 2006 13:08 
   confirmed by phone     barry    Tue Jul 25, 2006 13:10 
   Peaceful Means Campaign     Máire    Tue Jul 25, 2006 13:11 
   Fantastic news!!     Virginia    Tue Jul 25, 2006 13:15 
   Great     none    Tue Jul 25, 2006 13:15 
   A salute to the Ploughshares heros     kmclomi    Tue Jul 25, 2006 13:29 
   Pitstop Ploughshares statement on Not Guilty Verdict     redjade    Tue Jul 25, 2006 13:32 
   Excellent!!!     Caobhin    Tue Jul 25, 2006 14:16 
 10   super super super - further coverage     dunk    Tue Jul 25, 2006 14:35 
 11   All sorts at Shannon Airport     anon    Tue Jul 25, 2006 14:40 
 12   YES     krossie    Tue Jul 25, 2006 14:44 
 13   Back to Shannon     aye aye captain    Tue Jul 25, 2006 14:56 
 14   The best news I've heard all year     Kieran O'Sullivan    Tue Jul 25, 2006 15:06 
 15   up the CW5!     james    Tue Jul 25, 2006 15:20 
 16   Vindication but no victory     Tomkad    Tue Jul 25, 2006 15:33 
 17   Comhghairdeas libh!!     Jackie    Tue Jul 25, 2006 15:34 
 18   At Last     Rogue    Tue Jul 25, 2006 15:52 
 19   Many congrats!!!     Toronto Canada    Tue Jul 25, 2006 16:01 
 20   Hugs and smiles from outside the court     sovietpop    Tue Jul 25, 2006 16:11 
 21   transcripts from rte news at 1     dunk    Tue Jul 25, 2006 16:13 
 22   An important mark on the journey of active nonviolence     Kevin Cassidy    Tue Jul 25, 2006 16:15 
 23   she actually     krossie    Tue Jul 25, 2006 16:26 
 24   audio file from april + transcript     dunk    Tue Jul 25, 2006 16:29 
 25   Sincere Thanks     Larry Carn    Tue Jul 25, 2006 16:37 
 26   12 Reasonable People     Seán Ryan    Tue Jul 25, 2006 16:40 
 27   krossie     James O'B.    Tue Jul 25, 2006 16:49 
 28   Congratulations to the Pit Stop 5 and the Jury     Katherine    Tue Jul 25, 2006 17:01 
 29   James     krossie    Tue Jul 25, 2006 17:10 
 30   All sorts at Shannon two     All sorts    Tue Jul 25, 2006 17:13 
 31   congrats     tom eile    Tue Jul 25, 2006 17:30 
 32   direct actions always a winner     Reggie Side    Tue Jul 25, 2006 17:48 
 33   Acquittal.     John    Tue Jul 25, 2006 17:49 
 34   John, you're wrong     chekov    Tue Jul 25, 2006 17:54 
 35   john     James    Tue Jul 25, 2006 18:25 
 36   Congrats from United States     GreenPartyMike    Tue Jul 25, 2006 18:30 
 37   What A Day.     Elaine    Tue Jul 25, 2006 18:49 
 38   Backs Against The Wall     Seán Ryan Via Elaine    Tue Jul 25, 2006 19:08 
 39   Congratulations to the 5.     iosaf .:. ipsiphi    Tue Jul 25, 2006 19:24 
 40   A BIG Go Raibh Maith Agaibh! Now where's my hammer?     Al    Tue Jul 25, 2006 19:31 
 41   Three More Cheers for the Jury System!     relinker    Tue Jul 25, 2006 19:36 
 42   Hugs     Lance    Tue Jul 25, 2006 19:44 
 43   I digg this story.     chrisok    Tue Jul 25, 2006 20:03 
 44   And The Sun Came Out Too     Elaine    Tue Jul 25, 2006 20:03 
 45   Final Five     Elaine    Tue Jul 25, 2006 20:43 
 46   Iosaf - Give the kathurlicks a break     kmclomi    Tue Jul 25, 2006 20:45 
 47   ISN welcome the acquittal of the CW5 [statement]     ISNER    Tue Jul 25, 2006 20:51 
 48   "It is not those who can inflict the most but those who can endure the most" who will prevail.     Tommy Donnellan    Tue Jul 25, 2006 20:55 
 49   Just got the news!     radical jonny    Tue Jul 25, 2006 20:57 
 50   Glad to hear the news. :-)     Allyates    Tue Jul 25, 2006 21:23 
 51   A victory for criminality.     Andrew    Tue Jul 25, 2006 21:35 
 52   no     Reggie Side    Tue Jul 25, 2006 21:39 
 53   THE GREAT IMPERIAL HEGEMON IS VERY DISAPPOINTED     An Faolchú Uasal    Tue Jul 25, 2006 21:54 
 54   Fantastic news-just heard!     Cormac    Tue Jul 25, 2006 22:26 
 55   Celebrating in California     Kevin and Kim    Tue Jul 25, 2006 22:31 
 56   WRI Conference - Germany     Mark Chapman    Tue Jul 25, 2006 22:55 
 57   All eyes on the American multinationals!     Darragh    Tue Jul 25, 2006 23:13 
 58   Congrats     Richard    Tue Jul 25, 2006 23:14 
 59   Pitstop Ploughshares & Lawyer Press Conference, Buswells Hotel, Wed. July 26th 11am     Damien Moran    Tue Jul 25, 2006 23:36 
 60   Separation of powers???     Darragh    Tue Jul 25, 2006 23:39 
 61   Congrats to Ploughshare Five     Nick    Wed Jul 26, 2006 00:29 
 62   RE: Nick     Darragh    Wed Jul 26, 2006 00:59 
 63   Who dares to sow the whirlwind that Bush and Ahern have to reap ?.     Dunlo Tom    Wed Jul 26, 2006 01:43 
 64   yippee!     Mr G    Wed Jul 26, 2006 02:19 
 65   Respect     Madam K    Wed Jul 26, 2006 02:40 
 66   Beautiful Strangers.     PaddyK    Wed Jul 26, 2006 03:13 
 67   Congratulations and thank you.     Ciaran O Connell    Wed Jul 26, 2006 03:18 
 68   Congratulations     Dan    Wed Jul 26, 2006 03:35 
 69   Wave on wave of life     William Small    Wed Jul 26, 2006 05:22 
 70   Vs Mary Kelly's case     anon    Wed Jul 26, 2006 06:11 
 71   Fan-tas-tic news!     Gaston    Wed Jul 26, 2006 08:35 
 72   Media Coverage this morning     Media Watch    Wed Jul 26, 2006 11:00 
 73   state agenda is to have as little discussion about this verdict as possible.     dunk    Wed Jul 26, 2006 11:26 
 74   Thanks to Pitsthop Ploughareshares!     Ronan    Wed Jul 26, 2006 11:28 
 75   Thank you for all!     Vera Kozma    Wed Jul 26, 2006 11:46 
 76   Tear down the fence     Aidan    Wed Jul 26, 2006 11:54 
 77   WSM congratulations     Workers Solidarity Movement    Wed Jul 26, 2006 11:57 
 78   If music be the food of love ...     W. Finnerty.    Wed Jul 26, 2006 12:02 
 79   oz coverage     dunk    Wed Jul 26, 2006 12:16 
 80   ACTION     Jim B.    Wed Jul 26, 2006 14:50 
 81   Juries 1 Government appointed puppets 0     cool j    Wed Jul 26, 2006 14:51 
 82   congrats and thanks from the USA     olybrett    Wed Jul 26, 2006 17:42 
 83   Mainstream Media Coverage Update     Damien Moran    Wed Jul 26, 2006 19:34 
 84   Correction on last link on last post!     Update    Wed Jul 26, 2006 22:55 
 85   Ploughshares call for more direct action at Shannon     Fintan Lane    Thu Jul 27, 2006 10:47 
 86   front again     front    Thu Jul 27, 2006 11:00 
 87   well done     paul anthony patrick kelly    Thu Jul 27, 2006 12:06 
 88   Action     name    Thu Jul 27, 2006 12:11 
 89   Indo true to form!!     cool j    Thu Jul 27, 2006 12:41 
 90   Congrats!     Niav    Thu Jul 27, 2006 13:15 
 91   Civil disobedience     Coilín    Thu Jul 27, 2006 13:27 
 92   Do some reading..try this website....     A    Thu Jul 27, 2006 14:19 
 93   Freedom of City for Shannon 5?!     E    Thu Jul 27, 2006 14:22 
 94   the call for Direct Aciton has been made, will all groups now please unite and end Irish complicity     dunk    Thu Jul 27, 2006 14:31 
 95   Narrow thinking     ditch    Thu Jul 27, 2006 14:41 
 96   US Troops are still in Shannon and still in Iraq     Tom    Thu Jul 27, 2006 14:51 
 97   liveline     liveline    Thu Jul 27, 2006 14:52 
 98   Ditch & Tom     Ciaron    Thu Jul 27, 2006 15:38 
 99   IAWM contaced and asked for response and unity and DA     dunk    Thu Jul 27, 2006 15:59 
 100   Dear Dunk     anti-war    Thu Jul 27, 2006 16:28 
 101   Diversity not unity     ditch    Thu Jul 27, 2006 16:39 
 102   One of the most difficult things in politics is unity     MichaelY    Thu Jul 27, 2006 17:08 
 103   are you serious?     anti-war    Thu Jul 27, 2006 17:13 
 104   September 23rd     anon    Thu Jul 27, 2006 17:19 
 105   congratulations!     liz    Thu Jul 27, 2006 17:24 
 106   Freedom     Freedom    Thu Jul 27, 2006 17:32 
 107   Incredible!!     Michael R.    Thu Jul 27, 2006 17:41 
 108   The Basic Catholic Worker Initiative to Shut Down Shannon until it is Demilitarised!     Ciaron    Thu Jul 27, 2006 17:46 
 109   News update     Surfer    Thu Jul 27, 2006 17:49 
 110   No surprise there     AWIer    Thu Jul 27, 2006 17:51 
 111   RTÉ Radio MP3s: Damien & talk of 'Freedom of the City' for PSP     redjade    Thu Jul 27, 2006 17:54 
 112   Daly     pat c    Thu Jul 27, 2006 17:58 
 113   The interviews RTE didn't want to take.     anon    Thu Jul 27, 2006 18:28 
 114   a few points on how the global networks that we are part of ARE changing the world     dunk    Thu Jul 27, 2006 21:37 
 115   Workers     MELLOW OUT    Fri Jul 28, 2006 08:13 
 116   Your Government Has Been warned - Demilitarise it or we (nonviolently directly) Shut it down!     Statin' the Obvious.    Fri Jul 28, 2006 08:17 
 117   dunk dude     zzzz    Fri Jul 28, 2006 10:21 
 118   Suggesting an answer     Irish    Fri Jul 28, 2006 11:02 
 119   keep it positive - create solutions     dunk    Fri Jul 28, 2006 11:26 
 120   Pitstop Ploughshares Verdict     Fred Johnston    Fri Jul 28, 2006 11:40 
 121   Names of the dead still in place     Fintan Lane    Fri Jul 28, 2006 12:27 
 122   An apt letter in the Irish Examiner     Fintan Lane    Fri Jul 28, 2006 13:00 
 123   Irish Arists & the Sound of Their Silence in Relation to the War     Earth Kitt fan    Fri Jul 28, 2006 13:06 
 124   Let's go back to shannon..     Return to shannon    Fri Jul 28, 2006 15:16 
 125   A word to the US embassy     pointoforder    Fri Jul 28, 2006 16:01 
 126   LINK-Meanwhile Back in Baghdad, U.S. Military Strategy Fails     A    Fri Jul 28, 2006 16:13 
 127   Detailed reply to IAWM/SWP     ditch    Fri Jul 28, 2006 20:14 
 128   What the hell??     Mellow Out    Sat Jul 29, 2006 10:55 
 129   Response to Mr Mellow Yellow Out     Statin' the Obvious    Sat Jul 29, 2006 11:28 
 130   Dell aren't thick     risible    Sat Jul 29, 2006 16:08 
 131   Sovereignty     Seán Ryan    Sat Jul 29, 2006 16:58 
 132   Fuck them all you like, it's irrelevant     R. Isible    Sat Jul 29, 2006 17:04 
 133   ABC (Australian Radio) Sun. July 30th. 10 pm - Interview, Talkback & Panel with Ciaron O'Reilly     Kevin    Sat Jul 29, 2006 22:44 
 134   Idea/proposal     anon    Sun Jul 30, 2006 09:01 
 135   'If ‘lawful excuse’ is a legitimate defence, then I’m a banana'     redjade    Sun Jul 30, 2006 17:00 
 136   Banana gets it wrong again     Seán Ryan    Sun Jul 30, 2006 17:24 
 137   Sunday Independant article about Ciaron     M    Sun Jul 30, 2006 17:27 
 138   Cooper the banana     Anti-War Irelander    Sun Jul 30, 2006 18:34 
 139   Please write to complain about abuse of the word "violence"     Coilin    Mon Jul 31, 2006 01:02 
 140   Violence versus non-violence     Coilin    Mon Jul 31, 2006 01:09 
 141   Twelve people who didn't think logically.     GI Joe    Mon Jul 31, 2006 02:52 
 142   G. I......think you're an idiot......this must be cultivated ignorance....     X    Mon Jul 31, 2006 04:37 
 143   LINK- 44 More U.S. Military Dead This Past Month, Still Not Counting Iraqi War Dead     Update    Mon Jul 31, 2006 04:41 
 144   Questions on Direct Action     kieran.osullivan@ireland.com    Mon Jul 31, 2006 13:04 
 145   So marches and speeches don't work.     anon    Mon Jul 31, 2006 13:35 
 146   Cooper the banana     Deirdre Clancy    Mon Jul 31, 2006 18:32 
 147   Matt's gloss on the facts     Bananas are not the only fruit    Mon Jul 31, 2006 18:55 
 148   LINK-Correction, Clarification on Maeve Sheehan's Sunday Indo piece on Ciaron O'Reilly     Ciaron    Mon Jul 31, 2006 23:54 
 149   Forgot the funniest     there's always pears    Mon Jul 31, 2006 23:58 
 150   Framing     Eoin Dubsky    Tue Aug 01, 2006 00:40 
 151   The IAWM/SWP and direct action     anon    Tue Aug 01, 2006 00:52 
 152   Nerves? I relish a good challenge!     Deirdre Clancy    Tue Aug 01, 2006 01:32 
 153   Shut down Shannon Airport - extremely bad move!!!     Sheepstealer    Tue Aug 01, 2006 01:32 
 154   Inconvenience or Death?     guydebordisdead    Tue Aug 01, 2006 01:50 
 155   Job's worth     Business as usual not all it's cracked up to be    Tue Aug 01, 2006 01:53 
 156   Shutting Shannon Airport     Michael    Tue Aug 01, 2006 02:14 
 157   Shutting Shannon - extremely bad move!!!     Sheepstealer    Tue Aug 01, 2006 02:43 
 158   Business as usual is right     Beg to differ    Tue Aug 01, 2006 03:28 
 159   Drops that make a river that make an ocean     Nick    Tue Aug 01, 2006 04:02 
 160   US Military Flights should only be affected     Sheepstealer    Tue Aug 01, 2006 05:41 
 161   LINK-Australian (ABC) Radio Interview with Ciaron O'Reilly on Limits & Ethics of Civil Disobedience     Jack    Tue Aug 01, 2006 08:40 
 162   CW to Nonviolently Shut Down Shannon Airport, if it remains Militarised - A Promise not a Threat!!!     Dorothy's Kidz    Tue Aug 01, 2006 09:14 
 163   On threat to shut down Shannon Airport     Sheepstealer    Tue Aug 01, 2006 15:12 
 164   Pull the other one, it hath bells on it     Pigstealer    Tue Aug 01, 2006 15:38 
 165   Ahern did not divert any bombs     anon    Tue Aug 01, 2006 15:43 
 166   Kieran O'Sullivan and IAWM/SWP     moi    Tue Aug 01, 2006 16:01 
 167   Catholic Workers' threat to Shannon Airport     Sheepstealer    Tue Aug 01, 2006 16:18 
 168   SheepStealer does have a point.     LaLa    Tue Aug 01, 2006 16:30 
 169   Blah, blah, blah     Another anonymous contributor    Tue Aug 01, 2006 16:50 
 170   out of touch.     LaLa    Tue Aug 01, 2006 17:01 
 171   Ploughshares doing everyone a favour.     anon    Tue Aug 01, 2006 17:02 
 172   indeed     blah blah blah    Tue Aug 01, 2006 17:03 
 173   Bla bla bla indeed     Pigstealer    Tue Aug 01, 2006 17:14 
 174   More blah, blah     anonymous contributor    Tue Aug 01, 2006 17:21 
 175   wtf     blah blah blah    Tue Aug 01, 2006 17:29 
 176   me only person     LaLa    Tue Aug 01, 2006 17:31 
 177   The plougshares own words     anon    Tue Aug 01, 2006 17:32 
 178   Anon     Sheepstealer    Tue Aug 01, 2006 17:57 
 179   Article 29. 5. 1° of BUNREACHT NA hÉIREANN     W. Finnerty.    Tue Aug 01, 2006 18:30 
 180   mr finnerty     info    Tue Aug 01, 2006 18:42 
 181   Nonsense     Pigstealer    Tue Aug 01, 2006 19:00 
 182   Pigstealer     Sheepstealer    Tue Aug 01, 2006 19:29 
 183   Reply to "info"     W. Finnerty.    Tue Aug 01, 2006 20:03 
 184   Thursday (A3) *8pm-On *Farewell Drinx for the Pit Stop Ploughshares *Brogans on Dame St.     Ploughshares Support    Wed Aug 02, 2006 07:16 
 185   Sheepstealer me thinketh you prosteth too much.....     A    Wed Aug 02, 2006 09:54 


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