On Thursday, a 12-month prison sentence was sought against one of the opponents of the Cigeo nuclear waste landfill project in Bure (Meuse), who has been convicted several times in the past, while the prosecutor requested a 10 to 18-month suspension for six other defendants.
“The defense wanted, unfortunately predictably, to turn this legal hearing into a political forum,” prosecutor Sofian Saboulard remarked during the indictment before the Bar-le-Duc Criminal Court, regretting not being able to question the defendants about the facts.
Seven opponents, four men and three women aged 28 to 48, exercised their right to remain silent.
“The term irrigates the file, a term that is not political as the defense claims, but legal: an organized gang,” Public Prosecutor Bar-le-Duca added.
The latter requested a 12-month prison sentence against the 33-year-old, who has been convicted on several occasions for other facts and who in this case has already served seven months in pre-trial detention, for “possession of flammable products in organized gangs”.
For the other three defendants, the prosecution considers “established facts of complicity in possession of incendiary devices in an organized gang and criminal association” during an unpublished demonstration on August 15, 2017, for which they theoretically lasted up to 10 years in prison. The prosecutor requested an 18-month suspended sentence against them.
Two more defendants were sentenced to 12 months suspended imprisonment for possession of flammable products and another 10 months for intentional violence against gendarmes. The latter burst into tears over the wording of the request.
Sofian Saboulard also demanded that not everyone can own a weapon for five years.
The sound of drums and the song of many people who came to support the defendants in court reached the courtroom during the prosecutor’s indictment.
All defendants oppose a project to dispose of the National Radioactive Waste Management Agency (Andra), called Cigéo, which aims to bury about 85,000 m3 of radioactive waste by 2035.