“Red hands” trial: the activist acquitted

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In Geneva, the activist of the Breakfree Suisse collective, convicted of damage to property on a Credit Suisse (CS) building in 2018, was acquitted on appeal Wednesday. The Criminal Appeals and Revision Chamber recognized the state of necessity.

On October 13, 2018, activists put their hands covered in red paint on CS’s Geneva headquarters to denounce investments in fossil fuels. The Breakfree Suisse collective has been gradually trying to get the bank to react since 2016.

The defendant, now 23 years old, was arrested at the end of the action. He appealed against his conviction by penal order and then his sentence to 10 day fines of 30 francs suspended by the Police Court in February.

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