Friday, April 21, 2006

Free Malcolm Kendall-Smith

Last week, a military judge jailed Flight Lieutenant Malcolm Kendall-Smith for his principaled refusal to obey orders to go to Iraq. He is now effectively a prisoner of conscience of the British government.

Military Families Against the War have set up an online petition calling for Kendall-Smith's immediate release. You can sign it here.


I'm pretty sure he's now Aircraftman Malcolm Kendall-Smith (or Dr Kendall-Smith, which I've tended to prefer).

Posted by Graeme Edgeler : 4/21/2006 10:11:00 AM

The Wikipedia article doesn't say he was stripped of rank as part of the sentence. And as an officer, he serves his prison term in a civilian jail.
A Court-martial in Aldershot acted from 11 April to 13 April 2006. Kendall-Smith was found guilty on all five charges of disobeying orders, and sentenced to a penalty of eight months in prison. As well as the jail sentence, which he serves in a civilian prison, Kendall-Smith was ordered to pay £20,000 towards his defence costs which were covered by legal aid. The court heard that he had personal savings of £20,000. Kendall-Smith will also be dismissed from the Service.

Posted by Frederick Aloysius Weld : 4/21/2006 10:37:00 AM