Murmansk court rejects appeal over arrest of ship Arctic Sunrise

(LEXEGESE) - According to Greenpeace, the Murmansk Regional Court has rejected an appeal against the arrest of the ship Arctic Sunrise by Russian authorities on 21 November 2013. Greenpeace considers this to be in violation of both the Russian Criminal Procedure Code and international law. I. Background On October 7, the Leninsky District Court of Murmansk issued an order imposing the arrest of the ship Arctic Sunrise, ruling that it was lawfully seized by the Federal Security Service on the basis of Article 19 of the 1958 Convention on the High Seas, which allows seizure of a pirate vessel outside territorial waters. The seizure took place at gunpoint in international waters by Russian security forces on September 19 after a Greenpeace International protest at a Gazprom Arctic oil platform. The ship was then towed to the Murmansk port by the Russian coast guard and the 28 Greenpeace International activists and two freelance journalists on board were charged with piracy and hooliganism. II ...Zum vollständigen Artikel

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