French court sentences GM grapevine vandals
The French Criminal Court at Colmar in the Alsace region has sentenced 60 people responsible for the destruction of field trials of genetically modified fanleaf virus-resistant grapevine rootstock to a two-month suspended sentence and a total fine of €57,000 ($78,411), reports French newswire Agrisalon.com. The trials were being conducted at Colmar by the French national institute for agricultural research, the INRA, and were destroyed last year ( Agrow No 598, p 17). Six of the vandals, who were already subject to a suspended sentence for similar actions, were fined €1,200 ($1,651) each. The INRA had sought damages of €500,000 ($687,815). In January, a French court sentenced the person responsible for the destruction of INRA’s trials of GM grapevine rootstock in 2009 to a one-month suspended sentence and a fine of €50,000 ($68,782 at the current rate – Agrow No 608, p 10).