AN ANTI-NUCLEAR campaigner from Knighton has been remanded in custody pending trial on August 3 for breach of the peace, following a protest in Scotland.
Angie Zelter, 66, is one of two Trident Ploughshares campaigners who after taking part in a blockade of the nuclear warhead store at Coulport on Loch Long have been remanded in custody after refusing to accept special bail conditions imposed by a Justice of the Peace at a hearing in Dumbarton Sheriff Court.
Ms Zelter was one of five Trident Ploughshares protesters who on Tuesday blockaded a roadway into the base by lying down joined to each other with “lock-on” tubes.
They appeared at Dumbarton Sheriff Court yesterday. While three of the group accepted a special bail condition requiring them to stay away from the Faslane and Coulport Trident bases in Scotland, both Angie and Brian Quail, 79, from Glasgow, refused to do so.
The Procurator Fiscal asked the Justice of the Peace to adhere to the special bail condition, citing the potential impact on the public.
Ms Zelter argued that she had no intention of lying in the roadway again but had every right to protest at the bases. She told the court that she had no conviction in the last 10 years and that she had reported the UK government to the police for the crime of deploying a weapon of mass destruction, as well as the Prime Minister for her Commons admission that she would give the order the fire a weapon of mass murder.
The group believe Trident is a breach of international law and the adoption of the UN Nuclear Weapon Ban Treaty just five days before had further confirmed its illegal status.
The Justice of the Peace accepted the Crown’s argument about impact on the public and remanded both in custody until their trial on August 3 on a charge of breach of the peace. Ms Zelter has been sent to HMP Cornton Vale in Stirling where she has been imprisoned on two previous occasions.
A Trident Ploughshares spokesperson said: “Scottish courts should not be jailing people for protesting peacefully against the active deployment of a hideous weapon system that clearly breaches the Geneva Convention, which no less than 122 countries worldwide want to prohibit and eliminate, and which is rejected by the overwhelming majority of Scottish parliamentarians both at Holyrood and Westminster.
“It just does not make any sense. The principled stand of Angie and Brian is a wake-up call to us all to join the majority world.”
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