In June 2013 the Higher Regional Court of Vienna concluded in their verdict that what many consider essential NGO work is criminal coercion, with a penalty of up to 5 years in prison. This video gives a short recap on what happened the last few years leading up to the appeal, including international protests against the repression and a peek at 2 of the defendants (Sabine Koch and Felix Hnat) and their situation. Thanks for watching!
Here are some continuative links:
International website with information about everything surrounding the trial in English: https://www.Shameonaustria.org (english - under construction, will go online in August 2013, see http://www.vgt.at/index_en.php for a few english news items on the case by the NGO VGT until then)
Contact email for additional information: tba
German website on the trial: https://tierschutzprozess.at/ (german)
Wikipedia article on the trial: https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wiener_Neust%C3%A4dter_Tiersch%C3%BCtzerprozess (german)
Websites of persecuted NGOs:
BAT: https://www.basisgruppe-tierrechte.org (german)
VGÖ: https://www.vegan.at (german)
VGT: https://www.vgt.at (german and english)
The Complete Higher Regional Court of Vienna appeal verdict: http://www.animal-liberation.at/images/olg-berufungsurteil-2013.pdf (german)
Amnesty International Statement: https://22.214.171.124/staytuned/NORMALE/IMGS/ai_Tierschuetzer.pdf (german)
Documentary 'Der Prozess' ('The Trial'): http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2107685/
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