4 September 2000
Greenpeace GM retrial begins

By FWi staff

GREENPEACE executive director Lord Melchett and twenty seven other activists appear in court on Monday (04 Sept) afternoon charged with criminal damage.

The case relates to a Greenpeace dawn raid last year on a farm in Lyng, Norfolk used as a site for a trial of genetically modified maize.

At a trial in April the jury could not reach a verdict on the charge and the Crown Prosecution Service decided to seek a retrial.

The trial, which has been seen as a test case on the activities of anti-GM protestors, is expected to last two weeks.