Climate activist ‘caught with blade’ during COP26 to stand trial

Prosecutors state the 42-year-old had with him a sharply pointed object without lawful authority or a reasonable excuse.

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A climate change activist allegedly caught with a blade amid the COP26 summit will stand trial next year.

Matthew Leonard, from Oakland in California, is accused of being in possession of a multitool containing a knife in Glasgow’s Kelvingrove Park on November 1 this year.

Prosecutors state the 42-year-old had with him a sharply pointed object without lawful authority or a reasonable excuse.

Leonard, who is part of the grassroots movement Oil and Gas Network, pled not guilty to the single charge on Tuesday.

A trial was set for April next year by Sheriff Amel Elfallah and a hearing was also fixed for March.

Leonard was granted bail meantime.

His conditions of bail include not to cause alarm or distress to witnesses and not to commit offences.

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