today's verdict. (Respectively forward it to people who might be
Danish court; Climate activist decleared innocent.
The Copenhagen City Court has today ruled that Natasha Verco and Noah
Weiss are innocent. The two climate activists were charged for
organizing illegal activities during the COP15 summit in Copenhagen in
2009. But the charges didn't stand in court. The verdict discredits
the violent methods adopted by police during the climate summit, when
politically active people were denied their democratic right to
criticize the climate negotiations.
Natasha Verco feels that the entire process has been absurd:
"There has been a very clear political purpose behind these court
cases, and the verdict is totally absurd. In the whole case the
evidence has been related to fully legal activities, that the police
has tried to manipulate, in order to make them appear illegal. It has
been all from prints of posters, to finding parking lots fors sound
equipments and participating in open information meetings for hundreds
Both Natasha and Noah feel, that the case has put an end to the police
"I see this as a victory, not only for us, but for the legal rights in
Denmark. And it also means that no longer can the police use
manipulation of evidence and lies to repress politically active
people. I assume that also Tannie and Stine, who are going to court in
October, will be acquitted as well", says Noah Weiss.
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2000 people have been arrested during the climate summit in December,
and many were preventively arrested during the big climate
demonstration on December 12th, 2009. These facts have since been
criticized, among others, by Amnesty International. Now there are four
people charged for having, according to police, planned actions during
the summit. Among them are Natasha Verco, 32 years old Australian, and
the XXX years old American student Noah Weiss.
Natasha Verco and Noah Weiss are accused to having planned violence
against police, disturbance of public order and vandalism. These are
the charges, that could lead to several years of prison and
Background articles on the court cases (in Danish):
Alle midler i brug mod miljøaktivister
Surveillance, secret investigation and eventually custody were all
employed against people that according to the police was planning
illegal actions during the climate summit. Now it has to be decided,
if they can be sentenced.
Diffus anklage mod aktivister
The prosecutor saw one of the charges against the two defendants
dropped. They are now only accused of planning criminal activities
during the climate summit.