World lighter sentences for activists but increased for Greenpeace

lighter sentences for activists but increased for Greenpeace

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The head of Greenpeace France anti-nuclear Yannick Rousselet, its director general, Jean-François Julliard, the lawyer Marie Dosé and an activist of the NGO, on October 30, 2019, in the court of Metz. JEAN-CHRISTOPHE VERHAEGEN / AFP

One hundred and eighty fine days ranging from four to eleven euros, or from 720 euros to 1,980 euros in total for each. These are the sentences to which the Metz appeals court sentenced eight Greenpeace activists, Wednesday January 15, for having entered, in October 2017, in the Cattenom nuclear power plant, in Moselle, in order, they say, to 'in "Denounce security breaches".

This judgment overturned that of the Thionville Criminal Court, which, at first instance, had imposed prison terms and suspended prison terms on these activists: a first. It is also lighter than the requisitions pronounced during the appeal hearing by the Advocate General, Julien Le Gallo, on October 30, 2019.

Qualifying prison terms as "Productive-cons", the magistrate had claimed three hundred day-fines of three euros against two of the defendants – already convicted for having entered a nuclear site -, and one hundred and fifty day-fines of three euros against the six other defendants and Yannick Rousselet, director of campaign for Greenpeace France for nuclear, suspected of complicity.

Convicted by the court, Mr. Rousselet, on the other hand, saw his sentence increased since it amounts to two hundred and seventy days – fine at ten euros, for a total of 2,700 euros. In a press release, Greenpeace France is moved by this sanction "Personal" towards one of his employees and denounced "An empty file against him" and an "Serious impairment" at his " freedom of expression ".

Read also Intrusion at the Cattenom power station: Greenpeace pleads the state of necessity

The incentive nature of the offense

Pursued as a legal person and represented by its director general, Jean-François Julliard, the NGO was struck hard at the wallet. In solidarity with the eight activists and Mr. Rousselet, she was ordered to pay EDF the sum of 211,806 euros in respect of material and economic damage, and that of 50,000 euros in compensation for moral damage. She must also pay a fine of 25,000 euros, 5,000 euros more than the requisitions.

In its judgment, the court dismisses "The state of necessity for industrial risk" raised by the lawyer of the NGO, Me Marie Dose. She pleaded for release, supporting the need for civil disobedience in Cattenom.

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