Sentenced activist says justice system ‘torn’ on climate protesters


Extinction rebel activists, who had their prison sentences cut short by appeals judges after being convicted of causing public nuisance at an airport, say the “criminal justice system” over climate crisis protesters “deeply disputed ” Is.

Three appeals judges on Friday reduced the sentence to four months.

Brown, who was jailed by a judge at Southwark Crown Court in September, said after the appeal’s decision: “We will never fear and will never give up”.

James Brown on top of the plane at London City Airport (Extinction Rebellion/PA) , bp mean

Lawyers representing Brown, who has been registered blind by birth, challenged his conviction and sentence at a Court of Appeal hearing in London in December.

three appellate judges, Lord Burnett, Lord Chief Justice; Lord Justice Singh; And Mr Justice Goss dismissed Brown’s appeal against the conviction.

He allowed Brown to be released from prison on bail at a December appeals hearing.

“We are seeing a criminal justice system deeply disputed prosecuting those who peacefully oppose the destruction of life on earth,” Brown said.

“Juries are refusing to indict, magistrates are throwing cases out of court, and now the Court of Appeal has dismissed a Crown Court attempt to impose a ‘preventive sentence’ on my act of nonviolent civil disobedience at City Airport.” Have given.

“It is clear that the government’s desperate attempt to regain control of its police and punishment bill will fail, not only because we will never be intimidated and never give up, but also because the courts of this country are not like this.” Will not accept fundamental violations of our rights and our democracy.”

Brown said: “The real culprits are those who are intentionally destroying the conditions that make the planet habitable.”

The right to peaceful protest should not lead to a tolerance of behavior that veers away from expressing a strongly held conviction, but instead seeks to cause as much chaos and harm to members of the public as possible.

In a written ruling, Lord Burnett said those who caused major disruption at airports and were convicted of causing public nuisance were at “a great risk” of going to prison.