UK: Arms trade campaigners acquitted

In the UK seven activists were found not guilty of "conspiracy to create criminal damage" on grounds that their actions to prevent arms being used to commit war crimes overseas were justified. On 16 January 2009, campaigners disrupted weapons production at EDO MBM Technology Ltd in Brighton reportedly causing damage worth £189,000. The trial follows long running protests against the factory believed to be involved in the production of components for bombing equipment used by Israeli F16s during the recent Gaza conflict which, according to Amnesty International, killed around 1,400 Palestinians and 13 Israelis. The Judge concluded that certificates required for UK arms licenses were “not worth the paper they are written on.”