Socialist Worker

Anti-war soldier Joe Glenton released on bail

by Siân Ruddick
Issue No. 2181

Joe Glenton, the serving British soldier who refused to fight in Afghanistan, has been released from military prison in Colchester.

Joe, who was imprisoned by the army for speaking out against the Afghan war – which he sees as immoral and illegal – has been released on health grounds after being diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder.

The army judge recognised that he was not receiving adequate treatment inside the prison and he has now been returned to barracks in Oxford.

Joe has been released on strict bail conditions – including a ban on speaking to the media or at meetings against the war.

But Joe’s legal team still argue that whether he is in barracks or in a military prison, he will not receive the care he needs. They are campaigning for all charges – including desertion – to be dropped against Joe, so that he can recover from the horrors of serving in Afghanistan with proper care.

The campaign to free Joe, and to remove the gag the army placed on him has played a huge role in his release.

It is vital that we keep up the pressure on the army to free Joe once and for all and for the army and the government to admit that the war has made the lives of British soldiers and Afghan civilians a living hell.

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