26 LONDON GAZA PROTESTERS SENTENCED 22 ALREADY JAILED

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26 LONDON GAZA PROTESTERS SENTENCED

22 ALREADY JAILED

There will be people gathering outside Isleworth Crown Court this Friday 26th March from 9.30am in solidarity with

defendants being sentenced.

On the week beginning Monday 15th March, 2 gaza protesters and a third person from the Israeli counter-demo were found

not guilty.

On Friday 26th February, Judge Denniss delivered 8 sentences at Isleworth Crown Court and adjourned 1 case until 26th

March 2010. 7 sentences were for ‘violent disorder’ and 1 for offence contrary to Section 4. 5 of the protesters sentenced for

‘violent disorder’ have been jailed for 12 months to 2 years. Of the remaining 2 not given an immediate jail sentence: the

youngest protester on trial, aged 15 at the time of the alleged offence, received an Intensive Surveillance and Supervision

Programme sentence (ISSP) – the most rigorous non-custodial intervention for young offenders, which will include electronic

monitoring through tagging and an imposed curfew; the second was given a 12 month suspended sentence and 200 hours

community service.

On Friday 19th February, Judge Denniss delivered 7 custodial sentences. All of these sentences are for “violent disorder”,

and mostly for relatively minor acts, such as throwing placards at fully armoured riot police. One defendent received a

suspended sentence, due to a long history of mental illness, Sentencing starts at 2 years for all adult guilty pleas, and ranged

from 12 months to 2 years, after mitigation. Defendants under 18 at time of offence have received between 8 and 12 month

long Detention and Training Orders, (DTO), a sentence of imprisonment and community supervision.

On Friday 12th February, the 7 people convicted were between 17 and 25 years old and will serve between 15 months and 2

1/2 years.

The case of Khalid Afeneh, accused of violent disorder and allegedly throwing a sand bag at police causing an officer’s

eardrum to perforate, was thrown out of court. Khalid entered a not guilty plea at his hearings and information obtained from

the Freedom of Information Act showed that the injury he allegedly caused did not happen.

In January, 3 people received sentences for violent disorder, ranging from 15 to 20 months.

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