Today in Brighton the Bristol woman who was injured, when she took part in the EDO MBM decomissioning action at the weekend, has now been bailed on strict conditions and a curfew to an address in Bristol.
Yesterday 3 men (2 from Bristol) were remanded in custody until 16 February. 4 men (3 from Bristol) released on bail conditions, to return to court on date unknown. Unfortunately 1 of the men released on bail was then re-arrested in relation to the Raytheon Bristol protests, and taken to a police station in Bristol.
Details of charges and bail conditions for the 7 men are given in a south east media court report here.
The SmashEDO campaign released a press statement yesterday. Here it is in full:
Smash EDO – PRESS RELEASE
Contact Chloe Marsh or Andrew Beckett 0775 4135290
Three people were remanded in custody by Brighton Magistrate’s court Monday as they faced charges in relation to the break in and decommissioning of ITT-EDO MBM late Friday night in protest at the company’s supply of components used by the Israeli military in Gaza.
7 men have so far been charged with Burglary and Criminal Damage and those who entered a plea said they were not guilty. The CPS said they expected to charge another arrested woman as soon as she was released from hospital after being injured during the action.
One man from Brighton who was arrested outside the factory premises and states he had no knowledge of the intentions of the decommissioners was remanded till a committal hearing in the Crown Court next week, another man from Brighton was bailed not to return to the city and given curfew conditions.
In the afternoon two men who had admitted intending to smash up the factory in a video made before the action and posted on the internet were remanded, while three others were bailed not to return to the city with other conditions including not to protest against ITT EDO MBM.
The CPS said the company estimated the cost of material damage at £250,000 before any loss of business was taken into account. The threshold of £10,000 is required to justify a Crown Court jury trial.
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