Murmansk court upholds arrest of Greenpeace press secretary

The Murmansk regional court has upheld the arrest of Greenpeace press secretary Andrei Allakhverdov until November 24, the Interfax correspondent reported from the court hall.

The Murmansk regional court has upheld the arrest of Greenpeace press secretary Andrei Allakhverdov until November 24, the Interfax correspondent reported from the court hall.

According to the defense, which filed the appeal, the Leninsky regional court has not assessed the actions of Allakhverdov and has not taken into account that the defendant was a Russian citizen with no prior convictions.

Allakhverdov was on board of the Arctic Sunrise boat as a press office head and did not leave his cabin during the incident at the Prirazlomnaya platform, the defense said. The lawyer said that due to this the arrest imposed by the regional court on Allakhverdov should be cancelled and he should be released on bail of 1 million rubles.

The prosecution said that the defendant could hide from investigators and the court, destroy existing evidence and get in touch with other members of the criminal group if released.

The court has rejected the complaints of two other Russian citizens placed under arrest over this case and upheld the arrest of Arctic Sunrise. Their onboard physician Yekaterina Zaspa, and photographer Denis Sinyakov.

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