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No pardon for cannabis farmer Rappaz

The health of cannabis farmer Bernard Rappaz does not warrant a pardon, the Federal Court in Lausanne has found.

On Wednesday the court announced its decision to reject his latest appeal for a reprieve; Rappaz has been on a hunger strike.

The court said that there was no medical reason to grant a pardon and that Geneva University Hospital – responsible for Rappaz’s care – could re-nourish him if he ends his hunger strike.

Rappaz was sentenced to five years and eight months behind bars for various offences, including trading in cannabis.

He had to be hospitalised in mid-October as a result of hypoglycemia.

In November, the hospital filed a complaint regarding the Federal Court’s order to force feed Rappaz. The complaint is still pending.

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