Raytheon 9 Acquitted in Belfast Court

Below is brief interview with Eamonn McCann, one of the Raytheon 9 and veteran civil rights campaigner from Derry, Northern Ireland, speaking from Qana, Lebanon, (July 2007) on the 1st anniversary of the Israeli bombardment of Lebanon with Raytheon produced missiles.


This is a link to my report from Lebanon last summer after spending time with members of the DAWC, Raytheon 9 visiting areas torn apart by he war.


The interview with activist/artist Shane Cullen (in the comment section), who designed the commemoration stone layed at Qana by the DAWC, might be of particular interest.

Statement issued by the DAWC, calling for Raytheon to be prosecuted - by Goretti Horgan

The six anti-war activists who occupied arms manufacturer Raytheon's offices in Derry and destroyed its computers have been acquitted by a jury in Belfast.

Derry Anti War Coalition calls on the office of the Attorney General and the Crown Prosecution Service, in light of the jury's verdict of 'not guilty' to criminal damage charges, to institute an investigation into the activities of Raytheon at its various plants across the UK, with a view to determining whether Raytheon is a criminal enterprise.

After their acquittal on three charges of criminal damage to the computer equipment and office of Raytheon, the world's largest supplier of Guided Bomb Units, Colm Bryce and Eamonn McCann spoke to supporters and press outside the court. Colm Bryce began:

The Raytheon 9 have been aquitted today in Belfast for their action in decommissioning the Raytheon offices in Derry in August 2006. The prosecution could produce not a shred of evidence to counter our case that we had acted to prevent the commission of war crimes during the Lebanon war by the Israeli armed forces using weapons supplied by Raytheon.

Full story here

Images from 27th May 2008 outside Laganside solidarity protest and (c) Paula Geraghty

Related Link: www.raytheon9.org


Anonymous said…
Great news! (Just in case you think no one is listening)
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