Saturday 25 January 2020

Human bail offer over 'piracy'

Members of the media take pictures in a courtroom, with Greenpeace freelance photographer Denis Sinyakov shown behind bars on a court video screen in Murmansk (Dmitri Sharomov, Greenpeace/AP)
Members of the media take pictures in a courtroom, with Greenpeace freelance photographer Denis Sinyakov shown behind bars on a court video screen in Murmansk (Dmitri Sharomov, Greenpeace/AP)

The head of Greenpeace International has written to Russian president Vladimir Putin to offer himself as human bail for 30 environmental activists being detained on piracy charges in Murmansk.

Kumi Naidoo, of the Amsterdam-based organisation, delivered the letter requesting a meeting in Moscow to the Russian embassy in The Hague, Netherlands, today.

He said he would guarantee the activists' good conduct but said that piracy charges against them do not make sense and should be dropped.

A group of 28 Greenpeace activists and two journalists have been held since their ship, the Arctic Sunrise, was seized by the Russian coastguard after a protest outside a Gazprom-owned oil rig last month.

They were charged last week with piracy, which carries a sentence of up to 15 years.

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