Human Rights Protesters Released
PRIESTS WHO PROTESTED TORTURE POLICY RELEASED FROM PRISON
Franciscan Fr. Louis Vitale and Jesuit Fr. Stephen Kelly were
released recently from California jails, after serving five month
sentences as federal prisoners.
The two were sentenced last October in Tucson, following their
November, 2006 arrests at Ft. Huachuca, in Sierra Vista, Arizona,
during a nonviolent protest of military involvement in U.S. torture
policy. After Magistrate Judge Hector Estrada forbid them to use
international law in their defense, the two pled no contest to
charges of trespass and failure to obey an officer on October 17 and
were taken into custody.
Both men plan to return briefly to Arizona, where supporters are
invited to join them in a peaceful vigil against torture from 2-3
p.m. Sunday, March 16, outside the main gate of Ft. Huachuca, at Fry
Boulevard and Buffalo Soldier Trail, Sierra Vista, Arizona.
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