Socialist Worker

Anti-war soldier sent to prison

by Siân Ruddick
Issue No. 2191

Joe Glenton, the British soldier who has refused to return to fight in Afghanistan, was sentenced to nine months in military prison today.

Joe raised his fist in defiance as he was escorted from the court martial in Colchester, Essex.

His mother, Sue Glenton, spoke outside the military court, saying, “The Ministry of Defence is the only employer that ignores its duty of care towards its employees. It has let us down, it has let Joe down and it has let his comrades down.”

John Tipple, Joe’s legal case worker, said, “This is an outrage and we will be appealing.”

Forty five people demonstrated outside the hearing. Protests to support Joe took place in nine countries today, including Russia and Germany.

The army saw fit to imprison Joe despite the fact he is certified as suffering from post traumatic stress disorder.

Joe had voiced his worries in the army about the operations in Afghanistan. His doubts were met with cries that he was a “coward” and a “malingerer”. As a result he was bullied.

The campaign for justice for Joe continues.

As soon as Joe’s prison address is released we will post it here so that people can send letters of solidarity

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