Opinion piece by Greg Barns, published in the Mercury 1 January 2017.
On 7 September 2016 the Age published the following article by Greg Barns.
Islamic State says that Ezzit Raad was killed in Syria while fighting for their cause. Raad was convicted of terrorism offences in 2008. He was barrister Greg Barn’s client.
ATTENTION ALL LEGAL STUDIES TEACHERS
“A new documentary video resource [The Trial] will assist in inspiring discussion about the criminal trial process and Australian lawmaking and its impact, especially on human rights and individual civil liberties”, says the VCTA, the Victorian Commercial Teachers Association.
For more details, go to the VCTA website: http://www.vcta.asn.au/news/id/151
To watch The Trial online, go to http://www.thetrial.com.au/the-film/watch/
To stream The Trial: The inside story of Australia’s biggest terrorism trial documentary online, go to the WATCH tab.
Bryan Dawe conducted a Q&A with defence barrister Greg Barns, director Joan Robinson and producer John Moore, following the screening of The Trial, to close the Castlemaine Documentary Festival.
At 7.45pm on Sunday 26 July 2015 The Trial: The inside story of Australia’s biggest terrorism trial is screening at the historic Royal Theatre in Casltemaine as part of the Castlemaine Documentary Festival, followed by a Q & A with barrister Greg Barns and producer John Moore.
Don’t miss this rare chance to view the film on the big screen and to access behind the scenes insights.
For more details and tickets, go to the Royal Theatre’s website: http://theroyalc.com.au/events/castlemaine-documentary-festival-the-trial/
Now you have the option to stream The Trial online for $4.99 – click on the player below. If you prefer a DVD, click on the BUY DVD button in the header, above on the right hand side.
PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS FILM CAN NOW BE SOLD AND DISTRIBUTED IN VICTORIA (THE LEGAL SITUATION HAS CHANGED SINCE THE TRAILER WAS MADE).
If you normally use Firefox as your browser, we recommend you change to another browser like Safari to play the film. We’ve had difficulty accessing the film ourselves via Firefox.
At the end of the forum ‘FIGHTING RACISM IS UNION BUSINESS: Standing Up To Islamophobia’ the room of at least 100 rose to their feet as they thanked Omar Merhi for his attendance and unending effort to counter racism.
Omar spoke about the impact of his brother’s arrest as a suspected terrorist and the Islamophobia that he and his family have endured, then and now. The panel discussion was part of an all-day union-focused conference held at Victorian Trades Hall Council on 18 October 2014. Omar Merhi is an elected official of the Electrical Trades Union, Victoria.
Omar’s brother Abdullah is one of the 12 men that went on trial in 2008 for numerous terrorism offences. ‘The Trial’ provides insight into Abdullah’s story through Omar, showing the impact of the trial and the backlash on their family.
OMAR MERHI speaks about the impact of his brother’s arrest and subsequent conviction as a terrorist at Trades Hall, Lygon Street Carlton, on Saturday October 18 at 3.30pm.
FIGHTING RACISM IS UNION BUSINESS: Standing Up To Islamophobia Today is a free public event, which is part of an all-day union conference hosted by Socialist Alternative and Red Flag newspaper.
Call 0437 197 871 if you need more details.