Greenpeace activists refuse to testify as defendants - lawyer
All suspects in the case regarding the attack on the Prirazlomnaya platform in the Pechora Sea refuse to give testimony to investigators due to the fact that their crimes have not been clearly stipulated in the decision naming them as defendants, Yury Baryshkin, lawyer representing a Polish Greenpeace activist, told Interfax.
"These decisions to make them defendants do not comply with the law and due to this, it is clear that the defendants can not testify because it is unclear what exactly they are accused of," the lawyer said.
The decisions do not stipulate a certain role of each of the 30 defendants, they are identical and are based on witness statements, which do not specify suspects, Baryshkin said. "We have what they did that as part of a group - this is an absolutely incorrect rendering," he said.
The piracy charges brought against the crew members, environmentalists and journalists from the Arctic Sunrise vessel are absurd, however the group of lawyers has not appealed the decision to open a criminal case, Baryshkin said.
The vessel of the international environmental organization Greenpeace was detained on September 19 in the Pechora Sea for the attempt to stage a protest rally against oil extraction at the Prirazlomnaya platform. On September 24 border guards escorted the Arctic Sunrise icebreaker to a port in Murmansk. The boat had a multinational crew of 30 people onboard, including four Russian citizens.
A Murmansk court has placed all 30 Greenpeace activists, who were on the Arctic Sunrise, under arrest. All 30 crew members have been charged with piracy.