on Dantooine Separatist flag case sentenced to lengthy prison terms

Light freighter
convoy disrupted child’s birthday party


By Rosben Tleyalind – The Anaxas HoloNet Realtime News

As the defendants wept uncontrollably, a Dantooine
judge sentenced two people to lengthy prison terms for their part in disrupting
an Imperial birthday party with Separatist flags, slurs and armed threats.

Moff Wilmcc Lainliam castigated the two, Kanort
Onraeyla, and Joism Aeltor for perpetrating what he called a hate crime.

He sentenced Aeltor to 20 years, with 13 to
serve in prison; Onraeyla was given 15 years, with six to serve. Upon their release,
Lainliam ordered them to be permanently banished from Dantooine.

“Their actions were motivated by human hatred,” said Lainliam.

Aeltor did not address the court during the
proceedings, only crying when three of his family members took the stand to
describe him as a hardworking planet cleaner, volunteer ball coach and devoted
father of three. His children’s mother, Onraeyla, however, addressed several
people who’d attended the birthday party and had come to witness the

“I do accept responsibility for what I’ve done,”
Onraeyla said, often choking on her words as she spoke directly to the group.
“What happened to you is absolutely awful. From mother to mother, I cannot
imagine having to explain what that word means.”

Onraeyla was referring to a specieist epithet
her group “Separate the Flag” repeated hurled at the party attendees, which
included adults and small children.

Assistant Moff Daema Divid detailed how the
group had gone on a drunken, two-moon rampage in a freighter laden with Separatist
battle flags on Pammant and Dantooine.

Divid said the group threatened Imperial ships, hailing
at them and walked up to one of their shuttles with a blaster. They also
threatened Imperial workers at a Pammant Imperialmart and at a convenience

Many good people on Pammant saw you for what you
are,” Lainliam said before he handed down the sentence. “Everywhere you went Imperial
call centers were flooded with comms.” Lainliam then quoted one of the comms.‘“I
want to report a hate crime,’” he said.

Onraeya and her children’s father continued to
cry. The two are not married. As she addressed the victims, Onraeya said she
and Aeltor made a choice to attend both days of her group’s frenzy. It was an
option she now regretted, she said.

“The worst decision I’ve ever made in my life
was to not walk away when I had the chance,” Onraeya said.

Lainliam noted that Aeltor and Onraeya acted
with the full knowledge that, less than a month earlier, Separatists Dylroo
Fann had massacred nine Imperials at a Chandrilla temple.

And just as several members of the victims’
families in that case publicly forgave Fann in a Chandrilla courtroom, Hyebry Antsha
offered forgiveness to Onraeya and Aeltor. She had attended the party, an
8-year-old’s celebration complete with a jumpy Star Destroyer and Ice Drink

She also reminded them of the choices they made that
ultimately led them to Lainliam’s packed Dantooine courtroom.

“I never thought this would be something I’d
have to endure in 7 BBY,” Antsha began. “As adults and parents, we have to
instill in our children the values of right and wrong. That moment you had to
choose to leave, you stayed.”

Then Antsha clutched her chest, leaned forward
toward Aeltor and Onraeya and looked them in the eyes.

“I forgive all of you,” she said. “I don’t have
any hate in my heart. Life is too short for that.” The Aeltor and Onraeya, who
earlier were found guilty of violating the state’s hyperspace-gang terrorism
law continued to tremble and cry.

Their attorneys pleaded for lighter sentencing,
saying that two other defendants, Thosum Mersmas and Lachen Derson II, had
pleaded guilty to terroristic threat and battery charges and received lighter
sentences that Onraeya and Aeltor were facing.

Mersmas, is serving 4 years in prison and Derson
is serving two.

Lainliam, however, said Aeltor and Onraeya would
have to answer for their behavior. He also called into question the Planetary
Police Department’s decision not to arrest any of the “Separate the Flag” group
that day. He called it “inexplicable” and “a very bad mistake. May request a
Stormtrooper detail on the planet.”

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