Avrusta – Campaign for the disarming of Swedish weapons export
“Succesful trial for disarmers
It is not every day the Svea Court of Appeal, the country’s oldest still functioning court, deals with a case on the Swedish weapons export. On the 21st of April it did. Anna Andersson and Martin Smedjeback disarmed fourteen bazookas at Saab Bofors Dynamics weapons factory in Eskilstuna. The two activists were sentenced to four months imprisonment each in Eskilstuna district court. At the same trial Smedjeback was also sentenced to pay damages of 155 000 SEK (about 15 000 Euros) for having climbed a fence at the arms factory Aimpoint in Malmö. This was appealed and brought up the 21st of April. The new sentence will be delivered the 5th of May. It cannot exceed the previous sentence of four months but the costs for damages can go up to 250 000 SEK for Smedjeback.
The trial had brought many peace activists and other interested. The 30 or so could not all fit in the court room but listened to the proceedings from adjacent rooms. The judge gave plenty of freedom for the defendants to plead their case. Andersson argued that since the disarmament action the Swedish weapons trade has only gone worse. Today Sweden is the second biggest weapons exporter in the world per capita. Smedjeback argued that according to the country’s antiterrorist law Swedish weapon factories could be tried and convicted for shipping weapons to the US during the illegal attack and occupation of Iraq. Stopping such a crime through a disarmament action should then be within the limits of the law.
Anna Andersson, email@example.com, 073-777 28 18
Martin Smedjeback, firstname.lastname@example.org, 070-257 90 97″