From: Joel Kilgour <email@example.com>
Fri, Nov 14, 2008
Below is an update on the Swedish Avrusta action. I heard from one of the disarmers... he's in good spirits & a bit surprised by the short sentence.
- Joel Kilgour
P.S. BAE = British Aerospace, which bought out the Swedish arms merchant Bofors a few years ago. The wordy "crime against the law of protection of establishments important for the society" (a direct
translation) applies to government or military-related sites. There is no general trespass law in
From: "Pelle Strindlund" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Fri, 14 Nov 2008 14:14:58 +0100
Three months in prison
Press release November 13, 2008
The sentence for the two BAE disarmers came the 12th of November: three months in prison and 20 000 Euros in damages for "Criminal damage" and "Crime against the law of protection of establishments
important for the society.”
Cathrine Laska and Pelle Strindlund spent almost three weeks in custody before the trial which was held the 5th of November at Karlskoga district court. The court room was quickly filled by around 20 supporters of the accused and by the press. The trial was over in less than three hours. The only witness called was Leif Gren, security director of BAE Systems Bofors. He said that BAE had lowered the
assessment of the damages from 50 000 to 20 000 Euros because they were able to repair some of the weapons parts the the activist had worked on. Earlier in interviews he admitted that the non-violent
action disturbed their production and relationships with clients and that "this will have an effect on our deliveries."
Before the trial Cathrine Laska said: "We stand accused of criminal damage, but we intend to show in the trial that it is BAE Systems Bofors who should be accused of criminal damage in
weapons exports from Karlskoga fuel the armed conflict between
In the early hours of October 16 2008, Laska and Strindlund cut open a fence at the Bofors industrial area in central Karlskoga, a town some 240 kilometers from the Swedish capital of
"Three months in prison. I think about the people who are killed and maimed by Swedish weapons in Kashmir and
For more information:
Catherine Laska, +46-735-618 342 and Pelle Strindlund, +46-735-813 926
(the campaign Avrusta)
Karlskoga district court +46-586 - 67400 http://www.ofog.org/introduction
The campaign Avrusta has been under preparation for more than a year and is supported inter alia by prominent historian Howard Zinn and legal expert Francis Boyle.
The Swedish network Ofog ("mischief") has been working against nuclear weapons and militarization, using inter alia civil disobedience, since 2002.
Phil Berrigan CW House
(515) 282-4781 www.DesMoinesCatholicWorker.org