Newport activist's bail plea rejected by Russian court
2:00pm Wednesday 16th October 2013 in News
Newport activist Anthony Perrett has had his plea for bail rejected by the Regional Court of Murmansk this afternoon.
A GREENPEACE activist from Newport charged with piracy after a protest at an offshore oil rig is to appear for a bail hearing in Russia today.
Anthony Perrett, of Newport, has been held in a Murmansk jail since the Greenpeace ship the Arctic Sunrise was seized by Russian security forces last month.
Twenty eight activists and two journalists have been held on suspicion of piracy, which carries a maximum sentence of 15 years.
Mr Perrett is due to appear at a regional court in Murmansk to appeal against a pre-trial detention order.
Greenpeace said the activists were involved in a protest over drilling in the Arctic, amid fears that potential spills could damage the environment and fossil fuel extraction would add to climate.
The court has already rejected bail appeals for 10 of the detainees yesterday, the pressure group said.
The hearings began on Friday and all applications have so far been rejected, a Greenpeace spokesman said today.
The detention of the activists has sparked fury among Newport politicians, who have branded the move a “ludicrous overreaction” and a “worrying development”.
The Netherlands have demanded the immediate release of the detainees and the release of the Dutch-flagged ship.
Mr Perrett is a former Caldicot Town Council councillor and is the director of a community interest company that encourages the use of renewable energy.
The tree surgeon also trains with the Severn Area Rescue Association (SARA).
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