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Wednesday, 10 May, 2000, 12:14 GMT 13:14 UK
Sheridan denies Trident charges
Faslane protest
The protest took place on St Valentine's Day
The Scottish Socialist MSP, Tommy Sheridan, has pleaded not guilty to charges of breach of the peace and resisting arrest during a protest against Trident nuclear submarines.

Mr Sheridan was one of 185 protesters arrested at the Faslane base on the Clyde in February.

He said he was upholding international law and should not have been detained by the police. A trial date was set for 4 October.

The Valentine's Day demonstration, which was backed by Scottish National Party supporter, Sir Sean Connery, was organised by the Trident Ploughshares group and drew more than 400 protesters.


Tommy Sheridan
Tommy Sheridan: Denies charges
It followed a ruling by a Scottish sheriff last year that the Trident nuclear missile system was illegal under international law and attempts to disarm it were justified.

In a trial at Greenock Sheriff Court in October, Sheriff Margaret Gimblett agreed with defence arguments that the missile system was illegal.

As such, charges of criminal damage could not be upheld against three CND activists - Angela Zelter, 48, Ellen Moxley, 45, and Bodil Ulla Roder, 45.

They were acquitted of causing 80,000 damage to a research lab at Faslane.

The Lord Advocate, Colin Boyd QC, has asked the High Court to rule on whether Sheriff Gimblett was correct.

That court will be able to look at the case, but it does not have the power to overturn the women's acquittal.

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