Christian Engström, Pirat

13 december 2011

Accused Wikileaker Bradley Manning to Have his Day in Court

Filed under: English,informationspolitik,Wikileaks — Christian Engström @ 11:42

Veteran peace activist Gerry Condon writes at the Shannonwatch web site:

After 18 months in prison, Bradley Manning, the young American soldier accused of leaking thousands of classified documents to Wikileaks, will finally have his day in court.  Next Friday, Dec. 16, Private First Class Manning will appear before a military judge for a pre-trial hearing at Fort Meade, Maryland, not far from Washington, DC.  The “Article 32” hearing, expected to last 4 or 5 days, will determine whether there is enough evidence against Manning to go ahead with a military court martial.  Prosecution and defense lawyers will reveal their respective strategies for the first time.

Read more at Shannonwatch

Two weeks ago, I and 63 colleagues in the European Parliament sent an open letter to the US Administration questioning why Mr Manning has been held for so long without a trial, and why the US administration has refused to let the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture meet with Mr Manning in private, as the UN has demanded.

Regardless of whether Mr Manning did in fact leak the documents to Wikileaks or not, the US Army treatment of him has been a disgrace. It is not a crime to expose war crimes. And in a country that respects the rule of law, nobody should be kept in prison for 18 months without a trial.

3 kommentarer

  1. ”And in a country that respects the rule of law, nobody should be kept in prison for 18 months without a trial.”

    USA respect the law only when it plays for USA, not when it plays for you. Already in Baby Bush era it was possible to jail people for infinite period without trial. It was the practice, however, it was illegal, disregarding the constitution. Recently a law was passed making it legal, thus rendering another piece of the constitution a worthless piece of toilet paper. Nowadays anybody can disappear in military prisons for indefinite period without the right for lawyer, due process or contact with his family. If you protest, they will just wave you with the law and won’t even bother talking to you.

    Anyway, remember, that even without that you can be disappeared or suicided by the FBI or CIA, as the history shows us, which is probably not going to happen to Manning, as they probably plan to make a frightening example of him, sentencing him e.g. to 759 years in prison.

    Kommentar av Anonym — 13 december 2011 @ 14:04

  2. until proven guilty…
    What is that??

    Kommentar av TottiTT — 14 december 2011 @ 14:01

  3. In the United Soviet of America you are guilty until proven guilty?

    Kommentar av Gillsing — 18 december 2011 @ 21:46

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