Presidential candidate sentenced to 4 month in prison
07 February 2007, Anti-liberal presidential candidate, José Bové, was condemned Wednesday to 4 months in prison after the court rejected his appeal.
07 February 2007
Anti-liberal presidential candidate, José Bové, was condemned Wednesday to 4 months in prison after the court rejected his appeal.
He was judge for slashing of genetically modified crops in July 2004. An act of 'civil disobedience' José Bové organised and took part in after alerting the media, the police and the government of his intentions.
José Bové had previously complained about the secrecy around the location of fields containing experimental genetically modified crops and the lack of safety preventing these corps from spreading to other farmlands.
The former leader of the Confédération paysanne now waits for the 'cour d'application des peines' (sentence implementation court) to deliberate on the details of his sentence.
Because of the length of the sentence – less then one year – the judge may opt for an alternative sentence such as the tracking bracelet. José Bové has, however, already said he would refuse to wear such a device.
His civic rights have not been affected by the courts verdict. José Bové will, therefore, be able to run for president as he had planned, even if it means he will lead his campaign from a jail cell.
Subject: French news, Presidential elections, José Bové