Swiss court refuses appeal by climate activist occupying the bank

Zurich — The Swiss Supreme Court has dismissed the appeals of 12 climate activists convicted of trespassing on Credit Suisse’s bank branch and dismissed their allegations that they took emergency action for good reason. did.

The federal court ruling is another setback for environmentalists who want to get the support of the campaign, and last year the district court pushed the “imminent danger” of global warming to their actions. I won a surprise victory when I agreed.

The ruling was overturned by the Swiss Court of Appeals and the penalties were suspended for the defendant in the November 2018 case.

Some of them wore white tennis clothes to draw attention to the sponsorship deal between tennis superstar Roger Federer and Credit Suisse.

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In a verdict released Friday, a federal court said the case did not meet immediate risk criteria as the law meant covering events set to occur within hours. ..

“In this case, the urgency of global warming itself is not determined. At the moment of action, we just note that there was no current and imminent danger in the sense of criminal emergency regulation,” he said in a statement. I did.

The first court ruling in favor of racket-wielding activists has caused other acts of civil disobedience by climate protesters, including those against banks funding fossil fuel projects.

Switzerland’s climate is warming about twice as fast as the world average, changing the landscape of famous mountains.

“The federal court is behind history,” the defense lawyer said in a statement.

“Courts around the world are finally tackling this issue, and while finance has recently been under strong pressure to change climate change practices, federal courts have denied the urgency of climate change and are young activists in history. Refusing to see the decisive role of. Awakening of consciousness in recent months. “

They said activists would bring their proceedings to the European Court of Human Rights.

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