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Weapons manufacturer BAE paid a bribe to avoid bribery charges last week People who protested in Britain against the use of those weapons in Gaza face jail this week

Issue No. 2188

Manufacturers of weapons of mass destruction can pay their way out of the courts. Young people protesting against war crimes are subject to harsh jail terms.

This is the reality of British justice – an upside down system where BAE can win contracts worth £50 billion through bribes and then, when it is found out, pay less than a half of 1 percent of the loot to go free.

This is the second time that the world’s third biggest arms manufacturer has seen off conviction in Britain.

Tony Blair called off a corruption inquiry in 2006.

BAE supplied key components for the Israeli assault on Gaza, which began at the end of 2008. Demonstrators faced police attacks and arrests when they marched against the slaughter and destruction.

The police have hounded some protesters for many months. Two young women involved in the protests have already been sent to prison. More demonstrators faced jail this week.

War criminals go free. Anti-war marchers get locked up.

» Arms dealer BAE gets away with murder

» The British state’s revenge on Gaza protesters

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Tue 9 Feb 2010, 18:13 GMT
Issue No. 2188
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