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Swiss police acquitted in Aubonne Bridge trial

laura | 17.02.2006 13:28 | Repression | Social Struggles | Oxford

Two Swiss police officers who nearly killed climbers Martin Shaw and Gesine Wenzel by cutting their rope during the protests against the G8 in Evian, 2003 have been acquitted of causing severe bodily harm with negligence after a private prosecution.

Direct reaction of Martin and Gesine to the verdict as stated in front of the judge:

“What we have seen here during the last three days is exactly the reason why we and thousands of other people like us all over the world think that direct action is the best way to overcome injustice.
The entire judicial procedure from the time the rope was cut has been clear whitewash. The prosecution is supposed to defend the law but what they actually defend is the state – and its officers. This court case has been an elaborate, expensive and time-consuming piece of theatre to provide a platform to find excuses for inexcusable actions and to misguide the public by pretending to provide justice.
This verdict is a pure cover up of police brutality by the justice system and is just further proof of the almost complete police impunity in Switzerland.”

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  1. More on police scum from the Swiss perpective... — pig brother
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