ZURICH – Switzerland’s Supreme Court has rejected an appeal by 12 climate activists convicted of violating a Credit Suisse bank branch, arguing that they had taken emergency action for a fair trial.
The Federal Court’s ruling is another setback for environmentalists hoping to win support for the campaign, which won a surprise victory last year when a local court agreed that the ‘imminent danger’ of global warming was driving their actions. has.
This decision was overturned by a Swiss appellate court, which imposed a suspended sentence on the accused for the incident in November 2018.
Some of them have attracted tennis whites to draw attention to tennis superstar Roger Federer’s sponsorship deal with Credit Suisse, which they want him to abandon.
In a ruling released Friday, the Federal Court said the immediate danger standard in the case is not being met because the law means it covers events within hours.
“In this case, the urgency of global warming as such should not be decided; It is only to note that at the time of the action there was no current and immediate danger in the sense of the criminal emergency regulation, ”reads the statement.
The original court ruling in favor of the hooligan activists inspired other acts of civil disobedience by climate protesters, including against banks funding fossil fuel projects.
“The federal court is on the wrong side of history,” lawyers said in a statement.
“While courts around the world are finally addressing this issue, and while finances have recently come under strong pressure to change their practices on climate change, the Federal Court denies the urgency of climate change and refuses the decisive role of young activists in to see the historical history. raising awareness of recent months. ”
The activists will take their case to the European Court of Human Rights, they said.