Free Malcolm Kendall-Smith
JOHN REID - Secretary of state for Defence
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The sentence of eight months passed on him for refusing to serve in Basra is an outrage, we demand his immediate release.
He acted on his conscience in refusing to serve in an illegal war. In doing so, he acted on behalf of many people in this country.
The judges remarks that orders have to be obeyed also give cause for concern. The Nuremberg trials after the 2nd World War established that obeying illegal orders was no defence against charges of war crimes.
It is even more unjust that Kendall-Smith has been jailed while the advocates and perpetrators of this war have never been held to account.