Russia Denies Bail to More Greenpeace Activists

World | October 14, 2013, Monday // 19:36
Bulgaria: Russia Denies Bail to More Greenpeace Activists File photo by EPA/BGNES

A Russian court has continued to reject bail appeals from Greenpeace activists detained last month on piracy charges.

On Monday, the court in the city of Murmansk ruled to leave three more activists behind bars pending trial, RIA Novosti informs.

The number of rejected appeals has now increased to nine.

On September 18, Greenpeace activists launched inflatable boats from the Arctic Sunrise and tried to scale an oil rig operated by an affiliate of Russian state-run energy giant Gazprom in protest against what they say is the potentially devastating impact of offshore drilling on the Arctic environment.

In response, Russian authorities seized the Arctic Sunrise and towed it to Murmansk, where all 30 people on board were charged with piracy, punishable by up to 15 years in prison, and put in pretrial detention.

All 30 Greenpeace detainees have petitioned for release on bail or home arrest pending trial. Barring any successful bail application, the group will remain in custody until a hearing on November 24.

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