The Raytheon 9 have been found not guilty of all charges of criminal damage in a unanimous verdict.
The nine anti-war protesters, including campaigning journalist Eamonn McCann, occupied and shut down the Derry offices of Raytheon, the fifth biggest arms manufacturer in the world, on Wednesday 9 August 2006.
The action was part of a wider protest at Raytheon’s complicity in the Israeli bombardment of Lebanon and the ongoing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Throughout the trial the Nine maintained that their actions were legitimate as an attempt to prevent war crimes.
The judge was forced to concede this when he stated that the defendants had acted to prevent destruction in Lebanon.
This is a major victory and vindication of the action of the Derry Anti War Coalition and the Raytheon Nine.
Read Socialist Worker’s original article on the arrests » Eamonn McCann arrested at occupation of Raytheon