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Awol soldier detained until trial

L/Cpl Joe Glenton
L/Cpl Joe Glenton went Awol in 2007

A soldier who is facing a prison term for speaking out against the war in Afghanistan will continue to be held in an Army jail while he awaits trial.

L/Cpl Joe Glenton, 27, from York, is in military custody facing five charges surrounding his role in an anti-war demonstration in London last month.

A military court decided he should be kept in custody for another 28 days.

L/Cpl Glenton had already been accused of desertion after he went absent without leave (Awol) in 2007.

L/Cpl Glenton, who is based at Abingdon in Oxfordshire, handed himself in after two years and six days.

He was arrested and charged last week with five offences of disobeying lawful commands and standing orders after he joined the anti-war protest.

The new charges carry a maximum of 10 years in prison in addition to the sentence of up to four years that he could be given if found guilty of desertion.

L/Cpl Glenton appeared before a court martial in August where his case was adjourned until later this month.

After Wednesday's court hearing in London his legal representative John Tipple said: "Joe feels obliged to continue to speak out against the war - that is what he is committed to doing."

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