The Grenoble appeals court in France has cleared activist Pierre Mumber of all charges after he was convicted for assisting illegal migrants fleeing across the Alps from Italy, AFP reported on Thursday, November 21st.
Rights groups expressed their endorsement for the verdict overturning the three-month suspended sentence given to the 55-year-old activist, who had been charged for helping immigrants fleeing a police inspection.
Footage provided by an Italian TV crew of the incident in winter 2018 was introduced in the court, highlighting contradictions in the police account of the incidents.
The activist later expressed he was "relieved" by the verdict.
"We are delighted that Pierre Mumber has been acquitted today. This is a victory for common sense, and for a good man who did absolutely nothing wrong," said Rym Khadhraoui, Research Fellow at Amnesty International, saying that all that Mumber had done was relieve them with hot tea and warm clothes.
In a similar case two years ago, Cédric Herrou, a French farmer, became a local hero when he helped African migrants cross the border from Italy.
He later appeared before courts in southern France for assisting people fleeing to Europe has gone on trial for aiding illegal arrivals, according to the Guardian.