Kieran Finnane

Five Peace Pilgrims guilty on all counts

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The jury took just half an hour to finalise their deliberations this morning. KIERAN FINNANE reports.

 

 

UPDATE, 24 November 2017, 4.52pm: Sentencing of all six Peace Pilgrims has been set down for December 4. FULL STORY »

Even if ‘unfair, unreasonable or too harsh’, it is still the law

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It is not open to the jury – now considering verdicts in the trials of five Peace Pilgrims – to find the accused not guilty because they believe the law under which they are being judged is “unfair, unreasonable or too harsh”, said Justice John Reeves in his directions today. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

No extraordinary emergency at Pine Gap: judge rules

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The defences which the Peace Pilgrims have tried to raise in relation to entering the Pine Gap prohibited area have been ruled out by Justice John Reeves. KIERAN FINNANE reports on this and closing remarks. FULL STORY »

Did Peace Pilgrims answer an extraordinary emergency?

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If they can establish that they were and that their action was a reasonable way to respond, then that could be a legal defence of their actions. But the Crown contends that it was an ordinary day and night at Pine Gap, business as usual, even if that business does involve drone strikes. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

Pine Gap’s role in drone warfare: former Senator, former PM

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Justice John Reeves allowed some evidence on the issue from both former senator Scott Ludlum, in the witness box, and former Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser, in a tendered radio interview. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

Strange encounters: the Peace Pilgrim and the Police Sergeant

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“Hi, Ken.” “Good morning, Margaret.” Not many cross-examinations begin this way. KIERAN FINNANE reports on an unusual relationship arising from the long history of protest at the Pine Gap military base. FULL STORY »

Peace Pilgrims: evidence on why, not if they were at Pine Gap

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They will be presenting evidence that Raytheon, which they suggest is a large private defence contractor at the base,  is also one of the world’s largest suppliers of weapons, and that Pine Gap is involved in providing targeting information for those weapons. However, Crown witness Sgt Kenneth Napier said Raytheon is no longer a “service provider” at the base. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

Peace Pilgrims fight Pine Gap charges: their actions intended to defend themselves and others from imminent disaster

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They were allegedly detected standing on rocks on a steep hill within Pine Gap military base boundaries, playing musical instruments. They face charges with a maximum penalty of seven years on gaol. KIERAN FINNANE reports.
 

UPDATE 17 November 2017, 9.00am: The trials of the Peace Pilgrims have been raised in the Senate. FULL STORY »

Guilty: unanimous jury verdict for Peace Pilgrim

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The jury took little more than half an hour to reach their unanimous verdict. KIERAN FINNANE reports.

 
UPDATE, 15 November 2017, 6.15pm: Crown wants Peace Pilgrim to serve real time in gaol. FULL STORY »

Territorians join nation in majority same sex marriage vote

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In the NT’s Lingiari electorate 54.5% voted Yes, in contrast to Solomon with 60.6% in favour, closer to the majority Australian result of  61.6%. FULL STORY »