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Friday, 3 May, 2002, 17:06 GMT 18:06 UK
Five deny GM crops attack
Earlier protest at Munlochy Farm
The trials have been the scene of many protests
Five more anti-GM protesters have appeared in court accused of vandalising crops in the Highlands.

They have denied the charges and will go on trial at Dingwall Sheriff Court on 26 July.

The five, four men and a woman, were arrested early on Friday morning near Tullich Farm, Black Isle, which has been the target for months of sustained attacks by protesters.

The accused are Denise Copple, 48, of The Park, Findhorn, Moray; Christopher King, 42, of Lower Arboll Croft, Inver, Tain; Tjitze Jong, 44, of Findhorn Foundation, Moray; Nigel Smith, 49, of Arabella Holdings, Nigg Station; and, Christian Molnar, 52, of Mains Cottage, Burgie, Forres.

They were granted bail on the special condition they do not enter an exclusion area at the farm.

'Direct action'

A new warning has been given of further attempts to destroy the crops but the Scottish Executive has insisted it will not abandon the trial.

Speaking in parliament on Thursday, Environment Minister Ross Finnie refused to bow to the campaigners' demands.

Following the latest arrests, Dr Eleanor Scott, of the Scottish Green Party, said many people had devoted a large part of the past year to keeping the Highlands GM-free.

If the executive continued to ignore them, she said, more direct action was inevitable.

Five demonstrators appeared in the same court on Monday and admitted destroying oilseed rape GM crops at the farm.

The attack on the oilseed rape at a farm near Inverness on 26 April was the second such incident in less than a week.

See also:

29 Apr 02 | Scotland
Guilty pleas in GM crop case
28 Apr 02 | Scotland
Third attack on GM crop site
27 Apr 02 | Scotland
Second attack on GM crop site
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