Greenpeace victory

LAST UPDATED: 21 Mar, 2011 @ 10:48
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JUDGES in Almeria have thrown out a case against Greenpeace by the developers behind the illegal Algarrobico hotel.

Officials from Azata del Sol started proceedings against the group’s campaign coordinator Maria Jose Caballero for defamation, criminal damage and coercion.

This was in relation to the group’s campaign against the hotel, which has seen environmentalists break into the complex and symbolically part-demolish the building.

In 2006, Greenpeace activists were also responsible for painting the words “Hotel Ilegal” and “Demolicion,” six metres high on its facade.

Not criminal

However, judges at the Court of First Instance Number 1 in Vera have ruled in favour of Caballero.

The court insisted the acts were not criminal and took place without any violence or disruption. “They only served to highlight Greenpeace’s disapproval of the works that were taking place,” the court added.

Señora Caballero welcomed the decision and called for the illegal hotel to be demolished as soon as possible.

“The judiciary has once again found against the legality of the Algarrobico hotel. This makes us all extremely happy. The Junta and the Environment Ministry cannot continue turning their backs to this problem. They must demolish the hotel immediately,” she said.

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