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PRESS RELEASE 24TH FEBRUARY 11.35 am Active Resistance to the Roots of War (ARROW) Contact: 0845 458 2564/ 0794 7839992 COURT VICTORY FOR ANTI-WAR CAMPAIGNERS Horseferry Magistrates' Court, 24th February 2003: Nine anti-war campaigners, who blocked traffic in Whitehall for 3 hours last December in an anti-war protest scored a court victory today when the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) 'discontinued' the cases against them on the day that they were to have stood trial. Thirty four people were arrested at the 'Warzone Whitehall' protest last December 2 at which over 100 people - including Green MEP Caroline Lucas and comic Mark Thomas - risked arrest by 'dying-in' in the road. (see www.j-n-v.org for pics and reports) The nine - Josephine Donagh (Oxford), Sylvia Boyes (Keighley), Olivia Agate, Josh Robinson and Nick Gill (Cambridge), Geny Bove (Wrexham), Liz Yates (Maidstone), and Lucy Lucy and David Polden (London) - hailed the CPS decision as a victory for the anti-war cause. In a letter to one of the defendants the CPS claimed that it was discontinuing her case because there was 'not enough evidence to provide a realistic prospect of conviction' - a palpably absurd claim given the circumstances of her arrest (in the middle of Whitehall.on a Monday morning suurounded by police and CCTV cameras). David Polden (61) of Highgate said 'After the massive anti-war march on the 15th I'm not surprised that the CPS don't want activists putting the war on trial in the courts. Today's decision has only reinforced my determination to resist this illegal and immoral war'. To interview or arrange a photo of the defendants please contact: 0845 458 2564/ 0794 7839992. sign the pledge of resistance to the "war on terrorism" www.j-n-v.org _______________________________________________ Sent via the discussion list of the Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq. To unsubscribe, visit http://lists.casi.org.uk/mailman/listinfo/casi-discuss To contact the list manager, email firstname.lastname@example.org All postings are archived on CASI's website: http://www.casi.org.uk