A man arrested outside the Science Museum during a protest against its decision to host military delegates from around the world ahead of Farnborough Air Show has appeared in court.
Isa Alaali is accused of wilfully obstructing a public highway during the demonstration at the museum in Exhibition Road, Kensington, on July 11.
The 22-year-old, who was granted asylum status in the UK after fleeing his homeland Bahrain where he claims he was repeatedly arrested and tortured by security forces for taking part in pro-democracy protests, denied the charge at Hammersmith Magistrates Court, on Tuesday (August 9).
Before the hearing, Isa spoke to getwestlondon about his alleged treatment at the hands of police, and why he felt compelled to continue to fight for what he believes is right in London.
He was joined by supporters of Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT), which had organised the protest at the Science Museum last month. They rallied outside with banners ahead of the hearing.
The Science Museum hosted the controversial event as part of the launch of Farnborough Air Show.
It was attended by military delegates from nations with questionable human rights records, with representatives from Bahrain and Saudi Arabia thought to have been present.
One CAAT protester, Emma Jones, said outside the court: “I am here because I support Isa’s actions. I oppose UK arms sales to Bahrain and Saudi Arabia.
“These arms sales are used for the mass and indiscriminate killings of innocent people.”
Tom Barns, also from CAAT, said Alaali’s arrest was “unjust”, before continuing: “It should be the arms dealers here in court, not our friend Isa.”
The case was adjourned for a trial at City of London courthouse on November 4, with Alaali, who lives in Camden, granted unconditional bail.