Sue and Abdullah Webster
Webster is campaigning on behalf of her husband Abdullah, an African
American soldier who refused to serve in Iraq because, as a Muslim, his
religion forbids him to fight in an unjust and immoral war.
They are part of a global movement of military families who refuse
June 04, a military court found Sgt. Webster guilty of failing to obey his
superior’s commands. He was
sentenced to 14 months in prison and given a dishonourable discharge.
Amnesty International has declared him a prisoner of conscience.
Webster was due to retire this year, and is now denied the pension he
earned during 20 years in the US army.
The criminal record imposed by the military court
will make it almost impossible for him to find work in the US, and will
mean that he
faces problems rejoining his family in Britain.
Webster is detained in Fort Lewis on the US west coast, far from his
mother on the east coast and his English wife and children in the
Midlands. He has faced abuse
by other prisoners including soldiers accused of torture of Iraqi
prisoners, and needs medical care. Sue has been campaigning for her husband’s release despite
suffering mental stress and financial hardship.
See Amnesty International - Urgent Action