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Suspended sentence and €57,000 fine for GM activists

A French court has ruled that 62 activists should pay a collective fine of €57,000 and receive two-month suspended prison sentences for destroying a publicly-funded GM crop experiment. Six of the group were ordered to pay individual fines of €1,200 or face jail.

The activists were found guilty on 14 October at Colmar correctional tribunal of destroying a locally-based crop of experimental vines designed to be resistant to fanleaf disease. The experiment was funded by the national agricultural research institute, INRA.

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