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French GM crop vandals to be retried

The eight persons acquitted by the French criminal court in Poitiers for the destruction of Monsanto’s field trials of genetically modified insect-resistant MON810 maize in 2008 are to be retried in January 2012, reports French newswire Agrisalon.com. They include French MEP José Bové. They were acquitted in June on a technicality, as they were being prosecuted for the destruction of a plot on which cultivation of a commercial nature had been authorised, whereas the destruction was of a plot where crops were being cultivated for research ( Agrow No 619, p 11). The case had become high profile with the Socialist Party presidential candidate in 2007, Ségolène Royal, testifying on behalf of the defendants. The prosecutor had later announced his intention to appeal the decision ( Agrow No 620, p 11). The research trials were being conducted at two plots at Valdivienne and Civaux in the country’s Vienne region ( Agrow No 551, p 14).

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