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Anarchist retiree cleared of fireworks attack on Turkish consulate

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Andrea Stauffacher, pictured at a 2016 rally in Zurich, is a fierce critic of the Turkish regime. keystone

A 72-year-old woman accused of throwing fireworks at the Turkish consulate in Zurich has had her conviction and prison sentence overturned on appeal.

This content was published on October 17, 2022 – 17:20

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The appeals court found there was not enough evidence to convict left-wing extremist Andrea Stauffacher for attacking the embassy in 2017.

Last year, Stauffacher was sentenced to 14 months in prison, but an appeals court verdict, released on Monday, overturned that sentence.

Stauffacher is a member of the left-wing activist group Revolutionary Structure and was found guilty of previous fireworks attacksExternal link.

But on that occasion, the Zurich court ruled that the traces of his DNA on a firework were insufficient evidence for a guilty verdict, despite his publicly declared opposition to the Turkish regime.

Judges said DNA did not prove Stauffacher launched the fireworks at the embassy compound.

The court also noted that federal prosecutors were reluctant to challenge the appeal but were forced to do so at the insistence of the Turkish consulate.

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