The Irish Times and other media outlets have highlighted a specific part of the prosecution’s opening statement.
Sean Gillane SC for the prosecution told the jury that there is the possibility that they would confuse ‘false imprisonment’ with kidnapping.
He went on to outline that kidnapping involves taking someone and holding them for ransom.
However, the legal system sees no difference between the two. If someone has kidnapped a person the charge they will face is ‘false imprisonment’, like the defendants in this case, not ‘kidnapping’ because there is no such law on the statute books!
So the protestors who engaged in a peaceful sitdown protest, delaying an austerity politician in a car for 2 hours, are facing the same charge that a person who kidnapped someone would face! Protesting is not kidnapping!