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Joe Glenton gets 9 months in jail

On the day that Gordon Brown tried to justify to the Chilcot Inquiry his role in the illegal Iraq war - which is widely condemned as a war crime - Lance Corporal Joe Glenton has been sent to jail for his refusal to fight the war in Afghanistan which he believes is unjustified and a senseless loss of life for Afghans and British soldiers alike.

Joe Glenton was sentenced today to nine months imprisonment.

This extremely harsh sentence ignored many of the facts of the case; that Joe had post-traumatic stress disorder, that he had raised concerns about the war with his superiors and been bullied as a result, and that he had voluntarily returned to barracks after going absent without leave.

The judge herself made it clear the sentence was not based on the facts of the case but on a desire to deter other members of the military from taking a stand of conscience.

Joe is a brave and defiant man. He left the court under guard with a clenched fist held high. His outspoken defiance and the national campaign to defend him had already forced the authorities to drop the much more serious charge of desertion.

Stop the War will now widen the campaign to defend Joe Glenton until he is free.

Joe Genton's mother Sue Glenton says:

"I am extremely angry. The court barely paid lip service to justice. The judge clearly didn't listen to the arguments or if she did she ignored them. The lawyers are considering an appeal. The Ministry of Defence will be hearing a lot more from me.">/em>