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Following the vigorous debate we've had over the past few days, you may be interested to know that a custodial sentence was meted out today.
After a brief trial at Bow Street Magistrates Court (at which she was not permitted to present her legal defence) Andrea Needham was sentenced to 28 days imprisonment, over 1000 poundsd compensation and 100 pounds legal costs.
Co-defendant Gabriel Carlyle was ordered to pay over 1000 pounds compensation and 100 pounds costs, and given a two-year conditional discharge.
Both admitted throwing fake blood over the front of the Foreign Office on 17 December 1998, in protest at the ongoing, illegal, bombardment of Iraq, and the humanitarian disaster caused by sanctions. Both were prevented from presenting their argument that their action was legally justified.
Letters of support are very welcome, and should be sent to:
Andrea Needham CF 9745
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