In the 1980s, I did my inadequate best to defend a soldier facing a court martial for desertion.
The soldier (now deceased) was convicted and dismissed "with ignominy". This precluded him from any state employment.
This man surely deserves a pardon, too (News, May 8).
At least he did not desert in wartime and enlist in an army that might very easily have invaded his country.
CAPTAIN PADRAIG LENIHAN (Retd)