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Trial of DSEi Arms Fair Downing St Protester – Case Dismissed

dv | 07.12.2007 23:06 | DSEi 2007 | Anti-militarism | London

On Thursday morning (6th December), Stratford Magistrates dismissed the charge against pensioner Irene Willis for obstructing Downing Street.

The charge related to a silent lone vigil in remembrance of the victims of the arms trade which Ms Willis had conducted on the third day of the DSEi international arms fair, held in east London in September. Ms Willis had not been charged under SOCPA, despite permission not having been sought in advance.

The Crown failed to disclose CCTV evidence in time, and the police witnesses were absent from court. Counsel for the defence objected to an adjournment, considering there had already been two pre-trial reviews. The prosecution was unable to proceed, so the magistrates dismissed the charge.

Ms Willis’s legal observer, Daniel Viesnik, who was arrested at the same time for alleged obstruction of the police and obstruction of the highway, is due to stand trial on 4th February 2008 at City of Westminster Magistrates (Horseferry Rd).

The trial of the two DSEi protesters involved in the ‘Rivers of Blood’ action is due to be heard at Stratford Magistrates on Thursday 20th December. Supporters are welcome, both outside and inside the court.

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