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Court released another Greenpeace activist on bail

November 19, 2013, 19:41 UTC+3 ST.PETRESBURG
The court turned down an appeal from the detectives to extend the term under arrest until February 24
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ST.PETERSBURG, November 19, /ITAR-TASS/. The Kalininsky district court in the city of St. Petersburg has released Italian citizen Cristian D’Alessandro on a bail of two million roubles (about $61.4 thousand). D’Alessandro was detained during the Greenpeace action off the Russian oil drilling rig in the Pechora Sea.  The court turned down an appeal from the detectives to extend the term under arrest until February 24.

Meanwhile, the Primorsky district court in St. Petersburg on Tuesday decided to release New Zealander David Haussmann on a two-million-rouble bail. The Arctic Sunrise electrician was arrested with other Greenpeace activists during an attack on the Prirazlomnaya oil platform on September 18, an Itar-Tass correspondent reported from the courtroom.

Earlier on Tuesday, the Primorsky district court released a Brazilian Greenpeace activist, Ana Paula Maciel, on a two-million-ruble bail.

Last Monday, the Kalininsky district court of St. Petersburg agreed to release three Russian Greenpeace activists on two-million-ruble bails. They include Andrei Allakhverdov, a Greenpeace press service employee; photographer Denis Sinyakov, who was detained together with the activists, and Yekaterina Zaspa, the Arctic Sunrise doctor. The same day, the court left in custody Australian Colin Russell for another three months until February 24.

In the meantime, a district court in St. Petersburg has decided to release Polish national Tomasz Dziemianczuk on a 2-million-ruble bail at the request of his defense lawyers, an Itar-Tass correspondent reported from the courtroom.

The Greenpeace activist who took part in the attack on the Prirazlomnaya oil platform on September 18 was arrested by a court in the Russian northern town of Murmansk. Prosecutors demanded that Dziemianczuk should stay in custody for three months. However, the court changed his measure of restraint on Tuesday.

Greenpeace International will transfer all the money necessary to bail out its activists from jail. Greenpeace has enough funds to pay two-million-rouble bails for each of the 30 members of the Arctic Sunrise crew whom a Russian court arrested in September, a source at the Greenpeace Russia office told Itar-Tass. But so far the organization does not know to which account the money should be transferred.

“Greenpeace International put the money on a special bank account two months ago and presented a relevant confirmation document to the court,” Alexei Kiselyov, a Greenpeace Russia spokesman, said.

“We are now waiting for the North-Western department of the Investigation Committee to give the number of its deposit account to where the bail money could be transferred,” he added.

The Arctic Sunrise ice-breaker approached Gazprom-owned Prirazlomnaya sea oil platform which was drilling the shelf on September 18. The Greenpeace activists attempted to disembark on the platform but were stopped by Russian border guards. The Arctic Sunrise was towed to Murmansk port, while all the activists were arrested for two months and placed in pre-trial detention wards in Russia’s Murmansk region. They were transferred to pre-trial detention centers in St. Petersburg on November 12.

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