Violation of the Covid-19 regulation: Zurich councilor sentenced to a fine after participating in a bike demo
The Zurich District Court has sentenced SP politician Simone Brander to a conditional fine of 1,000 francs. Last May, despite the ban on events, she helped to organize and take part in a demo.
(agl) The campaign by the environmental organization “Umverkehr” took place on May 14, 2020. Brander was there as a spokeswoman and gave interviews, as can be seen in a video from the Keystone-SDA news agency. A good dozen participants blocked the right lane on Zurich’s Gessnerallee and sprayed bicycle signs on the ground using stencils.
This demonstration is now Simone Brander’s undoing. The Zurich District Court sentenced her on Thursday to a conditional fine of 10 daily rates of 100 francs, according to a notice. However, the judgment is not yet final, the defense has already declared an appeal.
Brandner’s fault, according to the court, is “very easy”
Brander had stated that it was not an event within the meaning of the Covid 19 law, but a political action. The legality of the criminal provisions in the Covid-19 regulation 2, on the basis of which the accused should be convicted, was also controversial, the statement said.
However, the court came to the conclusion that the Federal Council was empowered in the extraordinary situation to introduce an offense. Although the penal provisions interfered with fundamental rights, they were proportionate at the time. In the end, the court classified Brandner’s fault as very slight, as stated in the notification. This is because only a few people took part in the demo, it was only brief and protective measures were taken.
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Verdict Violation Covid19 regulation Zurich councilor sentenced fine participating bike demo