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Shoot: Nuclear Press Conference in Bern Switzerland

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Ten inhabitants from the area around reprocessing plants Sellafield and La Hague have collectively submitted criminal charges against the Swiss nuclear power industry and the Federal Office for Energy (FOE). Amongst the prosecutors was the mayor of Gréville-Hague and a former employee of the reprocessing plant Cogéma who is now, due to is work at the plant, suffering from cancer. The parties and their legal representatives held a press conference in Bern today. The accused is charged that they have not taken the risks of the hazardous radioactive radiation during transport and reprocessing seriously. Under Swiss law, the health-damage caused by ionizing radiation is a criminal act, explained Rainer Weibel, advocate and legal representative of the prosecutors. "According to Article 36 of the Atomic Energy Act, participation of Switzerland in a criminal act abroad is punishable, even if it is not sanctioned in another country," Weibel continued. Greenpeace had already filed an appropriate criminal charge back in November last year. Martin Forwood from Broughton near Sellafield, informed on the situation in Cumbrien. Recent measurements by Greenpeace showed that the Irish Sea surrounding the drain pipes from Sellafield should be recognized as a nuclear dumping ground. This means humans and animals are exposed to serious health risks.
Nuclear Press Conference in Bern
23 Jun, 1998
Nuclear Press Conference in Bern
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Portrait of Stefan Fuglister Nuclear
23 Jun, 1998
Portrait of Stefan Fuglister Nuclear
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Portrait of Rainer Weibel
23 Jun, 1998
Portrait of Rainer Weibel
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Portrait of Martin Forwood
23 Jun, 1998
Portrait of Martin Forwood
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Portrait of Martin Forwood
23 Jun, 1998
Portrait of Martin Forwood
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