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    Re: What happened to Ahmed al-Batati? Archived Message

    Posted by Mary on September 11, 2020, 9:57 am, in reply to "What happened to Ahmed al-Batati?"

    Middle East Eye -

    'Ahmed al-Batati, a 21-year-old lance corporal from Sheffield, condemned the British government and said it had "blood on its hands" for its continued support of the oil-rich Gulf kingdom.

    Images posted online showed Batati, who was born in Yemen, standing in Whitehall in his military uniform with a placard that said he "refused" to continue serving in the UK military until it ended all arms sales to Riyadh.

    Insignia on his uniform also indicated that Batati belonged to the 14 Signal Regiment (Electronic Warfare), which provides intelligence to the UK army's land forces, according to its website.

    Footage posted by the group Stand for Justice, which Batati helped set up, shows him being arrested and escorted away by three officers from the Royal Military Police.'
    https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/british-soldier-ahmed-batati-protest-saudi-arabia-arms-sales-yemen

    Shades of Ft Lt Malcolm Kendall Smith who refused to return to Iraq. Imprisoned and fined.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malcolm_Kendall-Smith
    The military judge (Judge Advocate) who sentenced him lives nearby. I always give him an icy stare when he attempts to smile. He holds forth at the local Crown Court now. Once a judge, always a judge it would appear. Shame on them for keeping Colchester Prison going.

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