Friday, 25 May 2012

Bryan Law tells court glad he disarmed $80m Australian Army helicopter

Cairns peace activist Bryan Law, who disabled an Australian Army Tiger attack helicopter with a blow from a garden mattock during the Talisman Sabre war games last year, has appeared in the Rockhampton Court.

Bryan Law is defending himself and he expects the outcome of the appearance will be a "hand-up committal" to stand trial in the District Court at some future date.

He is up on two Commonwealth charges of willful damage and threatening an aircraft.

His accomplice, Graeme Dunstan, was committed to trial on a charge of willful damage on 10th May.

Law did the damage in the spirit of the Isaiah biblical prophesy to "turn swords into ploughshares and spears into pruning hooks."

He is unrepentant.

“I’m glad I did it, your Honour," he told Magistrate Cameron Press.  “I’m glad that for however brief a moment that infernal helicopter death machine couldn’t fly. Couldn’t be used as a weapon."

"In a time of depraved warfare in Afghanistan and of military slavery to the US empire, I’m glad I made this witness to the prophecy of Isaiah and the promise of our saviour Jesus Christ."

"We must disarm."

The matter was committed to trial that is expected to be set in the next six months.


:Kevin-John: Morgan. said...

Go for it Bryan!
One charge can be immediately dismissed, and that is the threatening of an aircraft.
My barrister friend down here in NSW says to bring the helicopter into the court and ask the helicopter to report on the threat.
This always works for speed cameras, so why not helicopters?
The other charge can also be dismissed, but you will need a barrister.
Good Luck and go for it mate.

Syd Walker said...

Isaiah, Jesus and now Bryan.

All is revealed!

Incidentally, check out the video of the event - a real corker. Bryan doesn't exactly walk on water, but it's close.

Then kneel down and Praise the Lord that the Australian Army doesn't, apparently, have any real enemies. I've seen better security than that outside Coles on a Friday afternoon.

"Conspiracy theorists" might even suggest it was a set-up..