10 July 2010 - The Paris Criminal Court quashed proceedings against group of webmasters who had called for sabotage of the Bouygues company in 2004.
"We wanted the case to be considered on its merits. At least it would have helped clarify things." An astonishing statement from a former defendant just acquitted of the criminal proceedings against him.
The webmaster, who wished to remain anonymous, was charged along with three others for posting in December 2004, calls for a week of action against the Bouygues group. At the time, they intended to protest against the construction of the giant of detention centres in Europe. Prosecutors said dozens of stores of the group had then been ransacked.
If the link between the damage and various publications targeted sites (anti-advertising Brigade, Paris Indymedia, Pajot, CNT) has not been proved, it is not on this basis that the court pronounced the invalidation proceedings. The court identified two particular points of pure form. Firstly, before trial, the defendants had not been told of the penalties they risked. Then, the excessive time waiting for trial : 4 years and 3 months.