Peace activist jailed for not paying fines

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PEACE activist Gabriel Carlyle was imprisoned for non-payment of fines relating to his role in a 2009 anti-war protest.

Carlyle, 37, from Hastings, was sentenced to two weeks in prison when he appeared before magistrates on Wednesday (March 21).

He was arrested in May, 2009, for taking part in a non-violent protest “Die-in for NATO’s Victims in Afghanistan” outside Britain’s military nerve centre at Northwood, and was later convicted of obstructing the highway.

He refused to pay the £355 in fines and costs.

A second local activist, Maya Evans, was jailed earlier this month in relation to the same protest.