#PineGapPilgrims Will Face Court for Lament Action

Join us for more actions and events to stop warmaking and surveillance as activists face court in 2017.  #Endwarculture #NoMoreUSwars In 2016, six “Peace Pilgrims” were arrested lamenting war and praying for peace on the mountain and in the valley next to the secretive Pine Gap war-making facility near Alice Springs. The charges were thrown out of court and the protesters freed because of what Local Court Judge Daynor Trigg called a “nonsense” piece of legislation.  The law required direction from Attorney General George Brandis to arrest and lay charges. The six, have now been charged following explicit signed consent from Mr Brandis (see picture left). Jim Dowling, Andy Paine, Tim Webb and Franz Dowling of Brisbane, along with Margaret Pestorius and Paul Christie of Cairns, are each charged with ‘Unlawful Entry’ under the Defence (Special Undertakings) Act 1952 (Cth). They face seven years in prison for these acts of faith, prayer and healing. COURT HEARINGS Two court hearings with community actions will occur later in the year at dates to be specified:  a mention in April; then maybe in September or October, an “evidence hearing” where the scope of the case is negotiated; then, toward the end of the year a jury court hearing in the Supreme Court in Alice. And then… who knows, maybe an appeal too in the Darwin Appeal Court. Sign up here for notification of the dates of the case The peace pilgrims...

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