Wednesday 22 November 2017

Three from seized Greenpeace ship released on bail in Russia

Alexandra Harris has been freed on bail
Alexandra Harris has been freed on bail
Freelance videographer Kieron Bryan of Britain attends a bail hearing at Primorskiy Court in St Petersburg this week

TWO Britons and the American captain from the seized Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise have bailed by a court in Russia.

Alex Harris and Kieron Bryan are the first of the six Britons in the so-called Arctic 30 to be given bail, following similar decisions affecting 12 others.

Peter Willcox previously captained Greenpeace's Rainbow Warrior ship which was blown up in 1985.

The six Britons are among the 28 activists and two freelance journalists arrested by Russian security forces two months ago.

The court hearings are being held in St Petersburg.

John Sauven, executive director of Greenpeace in the UK, said: "Although this process is a long way from being resolved, today's decision by the court to grant bail to Alex will come as a huge relief to her family and friends. Our focus now will be to get the remaining activists released.

"The Arctic 30 still face absurd charges for peacefully protesting against oil drilling in the Arctic."

Press Association

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