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'Rakon Kills': Defendant offers to plead guilty

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The activist arrested for painting 'Rakon Kills' on Rakon's manufacturing facility during Israel's bombardment of Gaza earlier this year appeared in Court today to enter his final plea. The prosecution offered if he agreed to pay $2200 in reparations. Despite this inflated figure, he was prepared to pay it, if Rakon was prepared to bring an immediate halt to all research, manufacture and sales of their products to the defence industry.

Christian peace activist Tyler Culpepper was arrested for an action at the Rakon manufacturing facility during Israel's bombardment of Gaza earlier this year. He appeared in Manukau District Court at 3pm this afternoon to enter his final plea.

The prosecution offered to drop the charge of being Unlawfully on a Building and give diversion for the Wilful Damage charge if Culpepper agreed to pay $2200 in reparations.

“Despite this inflated figure, I was prepared to pay it, if Rakon was prepared to bring an immediate halt to all research, manufacture and sales of their products to the defence industry.” said Culpepper. “Unfortunately for humanity, the prosecution did not think this arrangement would be agreeable to Rakon.”

Rakon manufactures and sells key components of missile and munitions guidance systems that are used to wage illegal wars, and take innocent life. Rakon components were used extensively in the illegal invasion of Iraq and are undoubtedly used by the Israeli Army to continue their illegal occupations in Palestine and their collective punishment of the people of the Gaza Strip.

According to Culpepper, “Rakon is an accomplice to the braking of international law, and like those who supplied gas to the concentration camp furnaces, they are not innocent of the crimes committed with their assistance.”

The trial date is set for May 19, 10am at the Manukau District Court. Culpepper plans on further exposing the role Rakon plays in guiding the bombs that bring death and destruction to the people of the Middle East and the world. His star witnesses will be board members from Rakon itself, testifying to their involvement in the weapons industry.

Links: Herald coverage of Rakon's sins | Indymedia coverage of the protest action

Related

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10383752

http://indymedia.org.nz/newswire/display/76731/index.php

Comments

Re: 'Rakon Kills': Defendant offers to plead guilty

Nice work mate!
It would be great to have a demo outside court to continue to publicise the actions of Rakon in supporting the IDF's killing of innocent people in Gaza and Southern Lebanon.
Viva la resistance!

Re: 'Rakon Kills': Defendant offers to plead guilty

Good luck Tyler.

Re: 'Rakon Kills': Defendant offers to plead guilty

Fail. You're going to court because you painted on a building. Nothing else matters. Did you paint on the building? Yes, yes you did. Pay for the clean up.

Re: Re: 'Rakon Kills': Defendant offers to plead guilty

Fail. You defend a company that manufactures devices that are used in Weapons of Mass Destruction. Nothing else matters.

Re: Re: Re: 'Rakon Kills': Defendant offers to plead guilty

But the court cast isn't about that. L2law?

Re: Re: 'Rakon Kills': Defendant offers to plead guilty

Good work but next time try not to get caught!

Re: 'Rakon Kills': Defendant offers to plead guilty

Typical Nazi-sympathiser 3 monkeys position - "Hear no evil, see no evil". Wake up, copper.

Re: 'Rakon Kills': Defendant offers to plead guilty

kia kaha tyler
love & solidarity

Re: 'Rakon Kills': Defendant offers to plead guilty

Wicked stuff, an inspiration and and awesome form of solidarity with the people of Gaza.

Re: 'Rakon Kills': Defendant offers to plead guilty

screw painting buildings,, start killing jews the same way they kill everyone else. the scumbags have teamed up with China to make "flu shots" for the gentiles,,, thats you & me.

anti semitism exists because jews hate everyone, not the other way round, they rely heavily on guilt trips that are bogus. get over it & start fighting back. look who actually pulled off 9/11!!!

JEWS.

Re: 'Rakon Kills': Defendant offers to plead guilty

An inspiration for the people of Gaza? Are you serious? - Some privleged white boy with a bit of paint is now an inspiration to people that are having their houses bombed and family members/friends/neighbours shot to pieces by helicopter gunships and tanks?

Get a clue and do something meaningful, such as go to Gaza and help, rather than simply clog up the Court system and disadvantaging people here.

Re: Re: 'Rakon Kills': Defendant offers to plead guilty

attacking other people's "privilege" on an internet message board is pretty funny.

Re: Re: 'Rakon Kills': Defendant offers to plead guilty

You shout me the airfare and I'll head over there as soon as my trial is over.

Re: Re: Re: 'Rakon Kills': Defendant offers to plead guilty

Get a job and do it yourself?

Re: 'Rakon Kills': Defendant offers to plead guilty

How is going to Gaza meant to help the people there? It would just mean he is competing for food with the poor Palestinian folk. Doing something to punish the companies from around the World that allow crimes, such as the bombing of Gaza, to happen is much better.

Lets create one, two, three, many Rakon painters.

Re: Re: 'Rakon Kills': Defendant offers to plead guilty

Ooooh. So instead tagging buildings and holding candle light vigils and throwing shoes and keys around the place helps in stead. Silly me.

You tool.

Re: 'Rakon Kills': Defendant offers to plead guilty

The sooner the Israeli army looses world credibility and support outside of Israel things can begin to change. If IDF troops learn they do not have wider support they begin to question their actions, like some US solders and Vets.

The refuniks are the begining of this, countries like NZ need to show their anger at Israel, Tyler did a good job of showing his, and stood behind his open action.

Re: 'Rakon Kills': Defendant offers to plead guilty

Sorry that last message waws not from gary.

anon.

Re: 'Rakon Kills': Defendant offers to plead guilty

"""The sooner the Israeli army looses world credibility and support outside of Israel"""

gimme a break, nearly every US congress or politician is a dual national israeli or jew,, jews run the USA and you're not even allowed to say anything about it or you're labeled a nazi or racist. no one is allowed to discuss who actually knocked down 3 buildings with 2 airplanes yet everyone one knows, it was the jews.
Israel, great britains mess, is a cancer on the world. hitler was right, sadly.

Re: 'Rakon Kills': Defendant offers to plead guilty

Go Tyler! Take care mate, and courage and strength to you.

Re: 'Rakon Kills': Defendant offers to plead guilty

Well done Tyler. Its OK for industry to help dispossess the Palestinians and the stock market gamblers to rake it in, but its a court case for a painter. I hope the money gives those immoral bastards cancer.

Re: 'Rakon Kills': Defendant offers to plead guilty

here we can see how stupid some people are and how short are theyer view,they are worring about a wall but they dont worry about all the wars that are happening arround the world,....of course.that must be very interesting for their pockets, mates!!!!.this is all about the money,our lives dont matter for this murderers.