Graeme Dunstan and supporters march to the Rockhampton Court where he faces charges stemming from damage to a heicopter during Exercise Talisman Sabre 2011. Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin
Graeme Dunstan and supporters march to the Rockhampton Court where he faces charges stemming from damage to a heicopter during Exercise Talisman Sabre 2011. Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin Chris Ison

Jury shown footage of US helicopter blowing up Iraqis

A ROCKHAMPTON jury was yesterday shown shocking footage of a US military helicopter blowing up citizens in Iraq.

The Collateral Murder footage could help jury members decide whether Graham Dunstan, 71, an Australian peace activist, was guilty of wilful damage after it was alleged he helped target a military chopper at Rockhampton Airport during exercise Talisman Saber in 2011.

Yesterday, on day two of the trial, Dunstan gave evidence.

He told the court of his background as a peace activist and of being from a military background.

After delivering part of his testimony, he recited a Buddhist prayer, a ritual he told the court he does every morning.

Buddhist prayer

May I be well, happy, and peaceful.

May my teachers be well, happy, and peaceful.

May my parents be well, happy, and peaceful.

May my relatives be well, happy, and peaceful.

May all beings be well, happy, and peaceful.

If you wish, add the following prayer:

"Om Mani Padme Hum" ("Hail to the jewel in the lotus")

It's alleged in court Dunstan helped the late Bryan Law infiltrate Rockhampton Airport while exercise Talisman Saber 2011 was under way at Rockhampton.

It was heard in court that the elderly man rode a tricycle towards an Australian Army Tiger helicopter and chopped at the aircraft with a garden mattock. Dunstan has pleaded not guilty to a charge of damaging Commonwealth property.

This week the jury was shown video of Dunstan's police interview, taken after his arrest in July 2011.

In the video, Dunstan admitted he drove the late Law to the Rockhampton airfield and opened a gate after a chain had been cut.

Dunstan said in his mind, he committed no harm.

The trial continues.



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