In 2012-2013 seven people were raided, arrested and charged for conspiracy to commit SOCPA 145 & 146, two laws introduced in 2005 against anti-vivisection campaigners that turn minor public order breaches into serious criminal offences punishable by up to five years in prison.
The ‘SOCPA7’ were facing a two month trial, however following discussions with the prosecution, the defendants agreed to a plea deal at a court hearing on 5th Sept.
To find out more about the terms of the plea deal and why the defendants chose to take it see: http://www.socpa7.org/plea_deal.html
Three info nights & fundraisers are taking place this week around the UK to raise awareness of the SOCPA7 and the criminalisation of the anti-vivisection movement.
9 Sept: London – 7:30pm, London Action Resource Centre, 62 Fieldgate St, London E1 1ES. https://www.facebook.com/events/183907075117805/
10 Sept: Manchester – 7pm, SubrosA Manchester, 27 Lloyd Street South, Moss Side, Manchester, M14 7HS. https://www.facebook.com/events/481880635248215/
11 Sept: Bristol – 6:30pm Food. 8pm Live music, Kebele, 14 Robertson Road, Bristol, BS5 6JY. http://bristolabc.wordpress.com/2014/08/16/socpa-7-solidarity-night-food-music-fundraiser/
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