Sam Walton and Dan Woodhouse were arrested on Sunday morning
Methodist Minister Daniel Woodhouse and friend Sam Walton, a Quaker activist, were arrested yesterday morning.
Reverend Woodhouse said he and Mr Walton have long campaigned against the sale of arms to countries with questionable human rights records.
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And he told Express.co.uk he was not worried about potential consequences after the alleged incident as "Jesus wasn't crucified for saying a few nice things".
He said: “We both have been campaigning against the arms trade for a while now, particular the more horrendous instances of it.
The pair broke into the British Aerospace Engineering’s (BAE) Systems’ airbase in Warton
“We’ve talked to our MPs and the government, we’ve campaigned calling for weapons sales to cease as we’re certain it is breaking UK, EU and even international law.
“But the UK continues to allow these weapons to go to Saudi Arabia.
“The government has not just done nothing about it, but is even pushing for more sales to allow more weapons to be used in these horrendous manners."
The pair were arrested in the early hours of Sunday morning. The fighter jets were due to be delivered to the Royal Saudi Airforce for attacks on Yemen.
Dan Woodhouse said he was not afraid of being prosecuted
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The pair tried to disarm a warplane bound for Saudi Arabia
The government has not just done nothing about it, but is even pushing for more sales to allow more weapons to be used in these horrendous manners
Daniel Woodhouse, Methodist minister
The aircraft are part of a multi-billion pound deal between BAE Systems and the Saudi regime, and were due to be shipped to Saudi Arabia within weeks.
Reverend Woodhouse said: "Jesus wasn’t crucified for saying a few nice things.
“Injustices are happening around the world and we need to do something about that.
“The Government has big list of 25 to 30 countries of major concerns for human rights violations but still they personally invite at least half of them to buy weapons from the UK – bought from the heart of our capital city.
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“This is just completely unacceptable and the thing that lead us to do this is the war crimes that are happening here.”
Police confirmed they had arrested two men on suspicion of criminal damage, but the pair have since been bailed pending further investigations.
However Reverend Woodhouse said he was “not worried at all” about the possibility he could be hauled in front of a court.
He told Express.co.uk: “I am not too panicked, as the evidence is clear that this is happening and something had to be done.
“I have heard of cases like this where people have been acquitted, and this could be stressful but I am not worried at all.”
The two have been arrested for suspicion of criminal damage
UK licensed Typhoon and Tornado aircraft have been deployed by the Saudi Airforce on combat missions in the Yemen campaign.
Now a Judicial Review claim, due to be held from the 7 to the 9 February, has called on the government to suspend all extant licences and stop issuing further arms export licences to Saudi Arabia for use in Yemen.
The UK has licensed over £3.3billion worth of arms to Saudi forces since the bombing of Yemen began in March 2015, and continues to approve arms licenses despite repeated allegations of war crimes.
A spokeswoman for BAE Systems said: “The incident is now being investigated by Lancashire police and we are assisting them with their inquiries.”
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