Media Release 21 August 2013
The Ploughshare trial of Graeme Dunstan is expected to finish on Wednesday following two days of evidence before a Rockhampton jury. Evidence from the Defence saw the submission of ‘Collateral Murder‘ – footage of the now infamous US gunship attack in Iraq leaked by whistleblower Bradley Manning. Baptist Minister Reverend Simon Moyle and journalist Donna Mulhearn also gave evidence of their experiences in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Mr Dunstan (71) of Peacebus.com who is representing himself will give his closing statement to the jury on Wednesday.
Mr Dunstan was charged with wilful damage to Commonwealth property during the Talisman Saber exercise in 2011. Mr Dunstan assisted the now deceased Bryan Law who rode a large red tricycle across the Rockhampton airport tarmac and disabled an Australian Army Tiger Attack Reconnaissance Helicopter in a creative act of disarmament. Mr Law used a garden mattock to deliver a blow to the military helicopter. The action was inspired by the biblical prophesy of ‘Beating Swords into Ploughshares’ meaning taking action to convert killing machines such as the Tiger helicopter into ploughshares or agricultural tools that give life.
Supporters of Mr Dunstan will gather on
Wednesday 20 August
9am Procession from ‘Havachat’ 20 East St to Rockhampton District Court
9.30am Peace Vigil outside Rockhampton District Court