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French sunflower vandals being tried

Three people accused of vandalising fields of non-genetically modified herbicide-tolerant sunflowers developed through mutagenesis are being tried in a French court of appeals at Orleans, reports French newswire Agrisalon. The accused were convicted last year by a court for their actions undertaken in 2010. Two of them were given three months suspended sentences and fined €5,000 ($6,860) in damages. The defendants appealed the decision. The court is to deliver its judgement on June 24th. Meanwhile, two farmers whose fields were vandalised started a petition to get them reconvicted. They emphasise that they were the victims in the case in which the vandals used the farmers' work "to serve their propaganda".

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