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Drop the charges against soldier Joe Glenton

Issue No. 2182

Joe Glenton, a British soldier who has refused to return to the war in Afghanistan, was released from military prison in Colchester last week.

Joe, who has been certified with post-traumatic stress disorder, has been put back in barracks in Oxfordshire.

John Tipple, Joe’s legal case worker, told Socialist Worker, “I know from my visits to Joe that the cards, letters and solidarity sent by supporters and campaigners boosted his morale immeasurably.”

Joe’s legal team think that all charges against him for desertion – which could see him jailed – should be discontinued on health grounds.

They are continuing to prepare the defence argument for Joe’s case – that the basis and methods for war in Afghanistan are illegal.

The next date for the case is 29 January, where the army have given the defence half a day to put the legal arguments.

This is insufficient time for a highly complex case.

It is up to campaigners to keep the pressure on the army and make sure Joe either gets released with the charges dropped, or that he and his defence gets a fair hearing.

Send cards and messages of support to Joe Glenton, c/o Linn and Associates, Haven House, Albemarle Street, Harwich, Essex, CO12 3HL

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