"Ende Gelande" in court in Cottbus: the judge sees "honorable intentions" but a criminal offense in the summary proceedings against three climate activists.
Activist in a bucket-wheel excavator: This is what the blockade actions looked like in 2016 at the Welzow Sud open pit mine Photo: Christian Mang
The three occupiers of a coal excavator in Lusatia were sentenced on Monday in summary proceedings by the Cottbus District Court to two months in prison for trespassing. Judge Georg Kapplinghaus thus followed the prosecution’s request, as a fine could not be imposed on unidentified persons. The defense lawyers had demanded acquittal. Although the judge acknowledged "honorable intentions" of the defendants, he spoke of a criminal offense.