ALL CHARGES against the five protesters who occupied the Shoreham docks of Euromin to highlight the corporate killing of Simon Jones have been dropped. The Crown Prosecution Service has announced that it considers it is not in the public interest to proceed with the prosecutions.
The accused faced a maximum sentence of six months in jail if found guilty following a protest at the dock on 3 December 2001. Simon's mother, Anne Jones, and others were to give evidence at the trial about the appalling lack of safety at Euromin's dock.
Colin Chalmers of the Simon Jones Memorial Campaign says, 'We're glad that the CPS has finally realised that the people protesting against this death trap of a dock aren't the criminals here.'
Lydia Dagostino, the solicitor representing the five accused, said, 'This is a small but important victory in an ongoing campaign against those who killed Simon Jones. This case highlights that direct action and peaceful protest still have an important role to play.'