According to observers, the verdict is one of the toughest against Greenpeace Switzerland, which had hoped for an acquittal. The tribunal eventually reduced the fines proposed by prosecutors, but still imposed penalties of SFr400-SFr1,700 (euros 260-1100) per activist.
During the trial the organisation used arguments based on legitimate defence relative to public health and the environment. In particular they use two articles from the Swiss nuclear law that forbids submitting individuals to ionising radiation and imposes heavy fines for anyone breaking the law. It is likely that Greenpeace Switzerland will appeal against the verdict, but there is nothing official yet.
Greenpeace Switzerland, tel: +41 1 447 4111.
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