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Niinisto: Finland must not attempt to influence law proceedings against Greenpeace activists

October 01, 2013, 23:22 UTC+3
Finland's President Sauli Niinisto promised all possible consular and legal assistance to a Finnish woman who was detained alongside other Greenpeace activists
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Photo EPA/ALEXEY DRUGINYN/RIA NOVOSTI

Photo EPA/ALEXEY DRUGINYN/RIA NOVOSTI

HELSINKI, October 1 (Itar-Tass) - Finland must not attempt to influence law proceedings against Greenpeace activists that were started in Russia, Finnish President Sauli Niinisto said in an interview with Yle TV company on Tuesday.

He has said laws differ from one country to another, and a prolonged pre-trial detention is impossible in Finland. However, Finland would object to anyone’s interference in its judicial system. Niinisto also said the Russian leadership would not be approached on the matter.

At the same time he promised all possible consular and legal assistance to a Finnish woman who was detained alongside other Greenpeace activists.

On September 18, the Greenpeace icebreaker Arctic Sunrise flying the Netherland’s flag, approached the floating platform Prirazlomnaya and Greenpeace activists tried to go aboard the platform. Their actions were checked by officers of the Border Department of the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) for the Murmansk region, and the ship was towed to the port of Murmansk.

Investigators instituted criminal proceedings in connection with sea piracy, but the case may be qualified differently. The activists are now held in several investigation wards in the Murmansk region.

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