July 20, 2006
On 3rd February 2003, as part of ongoing peaceful resistance at Shannon Airport, the ‘Pitstop Ploughshares’ disarmed a US warplane. Within the month, three of the four companies contracted to ferry US troops and weapons had left Ireland. They are currently facing another trial.
Kathy Kelly’s evidence
Kathy Kelly finally gave her evidence on Monday.
She spoke quietly about the chilling effect of the sanctions that had been imposed on Iraq after the 1991 war, of the devastation caused to the country, the lack of water and electricity, the ilnesses and diseases, the lack of medical supplies due to veto, the deaths of over 500,000 children between ages 0 to 5, the deaths of 1.5 million Iraqis due to sanctions (a quarter of the estimated number of Holocaust victims), the fear of the people before the Shock and Awe blitz of March 2003, how she related her first-hand experiences to the defendants, her acquaintance with Denis Halliday who had resigned as Assistant Sec General of the UN because of his disagreement with the sanctions. Mr Halliday who was sitting in the court..was pointed out by Senior Counsel Brendan Nix She described in detail the photos she had brought from Iraq which became part of the defendants’ shrine
In a day of high drama, there were numerous objections raised, followed by interruption of evidence and jury retirements.