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French MEP faces imprisonment for GMO destruction

French prosecutors have recommended an eight-month prison sentence and four-year “deprivation of civil rights” for French MEP José Bové for having destroyed genetically modified crops, reports French news wire AFP. The crops were being grown at a farm in Lugos in the Gironde region of France in November 2006. Mr Bové was fined €12,000 ($17,710 at the current rate) by a criminal court in Bordeaux in October 2008 and an appeal against the ruling is underway at the court. Six-month suspended sentences have also been recommended for two other activists. The court will deliberate its decision until November 25th.

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