In late 2008, Army Specialist André Shepherd filed an application for political asylum in Germany. The latest news: November 11, 2014, the European Court of Justice Advocate General, Eleanor Sharpston, published her final opinion. A decision of the court is expected beginning of 2015.
37-year-old André Shepherd was deployed to Iraq for six months as an Apache helicopter mechanic. After returning on leave to his unit stationed in Katterbach, Bavaria, he seriously deliberated the effects of U.S. military action on the civilian population in Iraq. After some time, he decided to go AWOL, and then seek refuge in Germany. He based his application for political asylum on the European Union Qualification Directive, which is intended to protect those who refuse to participate in a war or other activities that violate international law, and who may expect persecution as a consequence.
André's lawyer, Reinhard Marx, observed that in this important case, an AWOL soldier from the United States will, for the first time, be tried at the highest European court: “This shows the tremendous significance of this case.”
To obtain a decision on a key question by a court requires from the defense not only a lot of perserverence, but also solidarity and financial reserves: for effective publicity, for the court proceedings and for attorneys' fees. Therefore we would like to ask you for financial and moral help for André Shepherd.