Michael Lyons’ appeal fails

IssueNovember 2011
News by Andrea Needham

He had been convicted of “wilful disobedience” after he asked not to participate in the training as he had applied for conscientious objector status. He was given 7 months detention, stripped of his rank as leading medical assistant and dismissed from the service.

On 13 October three judges sitting at the court of appeal rejected the challenge to his conviction and also dismissed his appeal against his “manifestly excessive” sentence. Last December he applied for dismissal on the grounds of conscientious objection but was turned down by the navy as well as by the Advisory Committee on Conscientious Objection (ACCO), which described his objection as “political” rather than “moral”. He should be released from military detention in mid-November.