The trial of the nine protesters who closed the Elbit factory in Shenstone last August has been dropped. The charges were dropped by the Crown Prosecution Service just hours before a deadline expired to provide the defendants with details of arms export licenses granted to UEL to send its high-tech engines to Israel for use in the Hermes 450 – a drone widely deployed by the Israeli military.
The trial was due to take place 9 -13th February. Mike Schwarz, from Bindmans solicitors said “The information would have shed light on the links between UK arms companies and Israel’s assault on Gaza. With no court date, there’s no public scrutiny.”
The full report in today’s (31st Jan) Independent is here.