It now seems that (not disclosed before) that of the Court Martial Jury of 7 , 2 dissented. I believe that, had he been tried by a civilian Jury that he would have been acquitted. I do not want to start discussing the rights and wrings again ,as these were aired in the earlier thread, but would welcome a retrial under a Civil court.
I see that F Forsyth is among other prominent supporters and that his CO resigned in disgust at not being allowed to give evidence.
In my experience, which is considerable, I've been in the cooler three times, the military justice system is concerned less about fairness and more about letting the service, whichever one it is, down.
Like politicians and bankers, you don't get punished for doing it, but for being caught at it.
This guy was let down by those he should have been able to trust with his life. Unforgivable.
As I've said before, if you've been there you'll understand, if you haven't you won't.
*"As I've said before, if you've been there you'll understand, if you haven't you won't."*
It always irritates me slightly when service people adopt that attitude. It's as though they are somehow different from the rest of us in their understanding of the human condition.
They aren't of course, we can easily 'understand' things like this, having a modicum of intelligence. Injustice is injustice, no matter what the context, and it's not difficult to understand what is alleged to have gone on in this case.
Facts will emerge, now that the national media - in the shape of the Daily Mail - has got its teeth into the issue. Newspapers like The Mail excel at campaigning in this style, and no doubt stones are being lifted as I write.
In the end, democratic governments cannot ignore the power of the press. I look forward to further revelations this weekend.