Stansted 15 found guilty of 'endangering' airport

Discussion in 'protest, direct action and demos' started by Enviro, Dec 10, 2018.

  1. Enviro

    Enviro Make your assessment

    I've just read this report:

    Stansted 15: Activists who stopped deportation flight found guilty of 'endangering' airport

    and am saddened that they have been found guilty. Particularly as 11 of the 60 people due to be deported on the chartered flight have since been granted leave to remain.

    As one of the protesters said: it should be the Home Office in the dock :mad:

    Apparently the protesters endangered "themselves, the flight crew, airport personnel and police at serious risk of injury or even death due to their actions on the airfield." But I'm struggling to see what the risks to the flight crew, airport personnel and police were?
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  2. Brainaddict

    Brainaddict chief propagandist (provisional)

    A properly appallingly shit decision. I know bits and bobs about the trial and the judge seemed to be against them from the off - apparently his summing up was brutal. I hope they get a proper appeal. And I hope the judge chokes on something soon in a terminal sort of way.
  3. DotCommunist

    DotCommunist slowtime

    trying these as terror offenses is bollocks
  4. Spymaster

    Spymaster Cockney Wanker

    They weren't tried as terror offenses. They were charged with intentionally disrupting services at an airport. Which they did.
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  5. Brainaddict

    Brainaddict chief propagandist (provisional)

    Your ignorance is showing. They were found guilty of endangering the safety of the airport. Which they didn't.

    It was an offence introduced to target terrorist so fuck off with your nitpicking. I notice amnesty international think it a completely disproportionate and oppressive use of the legislation but spymaster knows better of course.
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  6. Brainaddict

    Brainaddict chief propagandist (provisional)

    Judge also denied them the ability to argue that they were preventing a greater harm - i.e. the deportation of people who were being endangered by deportation and whose appeals had not yet been heard.

    Because the judge is a cunt.
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  7. Spymaster

    Spymaster Cockney Wanker

    But Amnesty International is full of people like you!

    To repeat; they have NOT been charged with terrorist offences.
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  8. SpookyFrank

    SpookyFrank Self-cleaning oven, the whole bit.

    'Yeah, so just ignore the bit of law that their defence is based on and then come to a verdict'

    Indefensible, utter bullshit.
  9. Struwwelpeter

    Struwwelpeter Earthling

    So was the House of Lords it seems. From Aviation and Maritime Security Bill (Hansard, 5 April 1990):

    "The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Lord Brabazon of Tara)
    My Lords, I beg to move that the Bill be now read a second time.
    The purpose of this Bill is to provide another weapon in the fight against international terrorism in the air and at sea."

    It might not be a "terrorist offense" within some legalistic meaning of the term, but the intent of the government at the time is explicit. This is yet again the CPS and a judge lining up with the government to stop effective protest. Given what the gov has done to the courts and legal aid, I wonder where they find the lawyers and judges to do their bidding?
  10. Brainaddict

    Brainaddict chief propagandist (provisional)

    They're all on the same team. I'm not sure it's judges who particularly suffer from the cuts, any more than Tory councillors do.
  11. 8ball

    8ball Hetero Sapiens

    (((frightened airport)))
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  12. NoXion

    NoXion Keep an eye out for diamonds

    This must be some specialised definition of the term "endangering" that is used only within the law courts of England and Wales, right?
  13. 8ball

    8ball Hetero Sapiens

    Being fair (in that BBC kind of way), they do need to be really strict about what gets onto the runway area etc. but this is a bit like those women who smashed up that jet - there are bigger and more important concerns here.
  14. 8ball

    8ball Hetero Sapiens

    Iirc when they revised some terror law definitions a wee while back, there were some on Urban who predicted exactly this sort of thing. Think one of them might be on this thread.

    edit: not talking about myself btw
  15. Brainaddict

    Brainaddict chief propagandist (provisional)

    Sort of is. Apparently it hinges on the law being phrased as 'the possibility of endangerment' or some such phrase. Words like 'possibility' create huge traps of vagueness in the law that an arsehole prosecutor and arsehole judge between them can lay for anybody they've got it in for. It is political bullshit of the highest order and I hope to god they get a decent appeal.
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  16. NoXion

    NoXion Keep an eye out for diamonds

    My impression was that judicial overreach was an issue concerning recent(-ish, fucking hell has it been that long?) terror legislation from the very beginning, but that what many civil liberties groups and concerned citizens said was largely ignored, because apparently the only way to protect freedumb from those ebil terrists is to destroy it before they can get to it.
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  17. 8ball

    8ball Hetero Sapiens

    Yeah, it was very much like the only way to protect us from those who hate our freedom was to capitulate immediately.
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  18. NoXion

    NoXion Keep an eye out for diamonds

    By that mind-meltingly idiotic metric, any paying passengers attempting to board their plane as part of normal airport operations present the "possibility" of endangerment. There is a non-zero chance that one of them might suddenly lose their minds and start stabbing the person sat beside them to death with a plastic spork. Stranger things have happened.

    I mean, do they not teach larval solicitor-forms what a reductio ad absurdum is at law school or wherever?
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  19. NoXion

    NoXion Keep an eye out for diamonds

    Also, what's the rationale/justification for chucking people out before they've had a chance to have their appeal heard? If they're prepared to spend resources and manpower actually flying people off back to wherever, why do they even bother with allowing appeals in the first place? Some Kafkaesque bullshit right there.
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  20. 8ball

    8ball Hetero Sapiens

    They're hoping they'll either drop the appeal, or even it is in their favour, they won't be able to afford the flight back.

    I'll stop stating the obvious now. :oops:
  21. NoXion

    NoXion Keep an eye out for diamonds

    Doesn't seem obvious to me, but then I'm not some callous Jobsworth prick willing to make my own job easier by shipping off people to places where they might be tortured or killed. My understanding is that in criminal cases, the defendants are generally permitted to appeal *before* they start actually serving their sentence. Most people being deported in these situations haven't even been convicted of a crime, so it makes even less sense for them to be treated more harshly than people who have actually been accused of a criminal offence.

    I'm sorry if this all a bit Social Injustice 101 to anyone else, but this just seems so obviously bent that I'm surprised I haven't heard of anyone comment on it before.
  22. 8ball

    8ball Hetero Sapiens

    I think it looks bent because it is bent.
    I figured that was where you were going with this anyway.

    They're gambling on no one caring.

    IMO obv.
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  23. DownwardDog

    DownwardDog Riding a Brompton with a power meter.

    They cut a hole in the perimeter fence and were wandering around on the apron so they did make the airport significantly less safe for everyone involved.
  24. souljacker

    souljacker innit

    If it's that easy to get in, surely a charge of endangering the airport could be brought against the security firm who run operations there?
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  25. Brainaddict

    Brainaddict chief propagandist (provisional)

    Oh indeed. But that's part of the reason they construct laws like this. It can apply to a very broad range of people and 'offences', but only if they want it to.
  26. Brainaddict

    Brainaddict chief propagandist (provisional)

    As I understand it the charter flight plane was sat in a part of the airport that didn't really have other planes moving about, not the main part. They didn't approach it as it was about to take off, simply surrounded a stationary plane. They did do some research and recon. No-one could really explain in the court what the 'danger' was, or why the staff and police acted quite so calmly, as though, like, they weren't actually scared by a bunch of people in pink woolly hats whose intentions were clear, given the history of protests at these flights.

    It's also worth pointing out that, even if staff were briefly worried, there is a difference between a perception of danger and actual danger. Anyone who goes on a rollercoaster can understand that difference.
  27. DownwardDog

    DownwardDog Riding a Brompton with a power meter.

    G-POWD was on stand 505 right in between the GA terminal and the taxiway that runs parallel to the runway!
  28. ska invita

    ska invita back on the other side

    And a jury let the women off on the preventing greater harm argument. Fuck the judge
  29. Bahnhof Strasse

    Bahnhof Strasse A-wob a-bob bob


    Sometimes, usually financial type offences they may do that, but the normal course is to be sentenced and then appeal. Sometimes your sentence may be suspended pending an appeal.

    As to this case, it's bobbins, but we knew the terror legalisation would be abused thus, that's why they enacted it.
  30. TopCat

    TopCat Zap it!

    How long will they get?

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