- Published on Friday, 10 February 2017 11:53
Brian Quail, the pensioner who holds up nuclear warhead convoys in the name of peace was today cleared of a charge of Breach of the Peace.
On 10th March 2016 Brian held up a convoy of lorries carrying nuclear bombs at a pelican crossing in Balloch. As a result he was charged with Breach of the Peace, for which he was found Not Guilty at Dumbarton Sheriff Court on 9th February 2017.
The verdict was reached after he gave a long and passionate speech, bringing even the clerk of the court close to tears. He explained what convoys are and mentioned a variety of laws, national and international, broken by their presence on our roads. He referred to Hiroshima and Nagasaki and his own ignorance to consequences of these bombs at the time. He went on to talk about the dreadful effects of nuclear testing and referred to the imminent negotiations towards a Global Nuclear Ban Treaty at the UN in New York. He spoke movingly of his personal motivation, not just to protect his family, but all families.
Arthur West, Chair of Scottish CND, who attended court, said, ‘Brian Quail gave an eloquent explanation relating to the illegality of Nuclear Weapons. While we are pleased that he was found Not Guilty we are disappointed that the court did not address the International Law context of Brian’s defence.’
Brian said, ‘I am relieved, but concerned that courts still refuse to address the monstrous illegality of Weapons of Mass destruction being trundled along our roads.’
Brian had chosen to defend himself and during the earlier part of the trial his witness, Janet Fenton had found herself charged with contempt of court. Charges were dropped today. Janet said,’ I‘m very pleased at both results which ensure that Brian and I can carry on with campaigning without distraction. This is particularly important when the UN is about to ban nuclear weapons’
Convoys carrying nuclear warheads containing both high explosives and plutonium travel by road between the atomic weapon factories at Aldermaston/Burghfield to Central Scotland every six weeks or so. The warheads are then stored and loaded onto the Trident fleet's missiles at Coulport on Loch Long.
Brian went on to stop the convoy again in Stirling in September. He will be appearing on this charge in Stirling on the 13th March 2017.