Murmansk court adjourns hearing of appeal against Swiss Greenpeace activist's arrest

The Murmansk Oktyabrksy District Court has adjourned the hearing for the appeal against the arrest of Swiss Greenpeace activist Marco Paolo Weber, an Interfax correspondent reports.

The Murmansk Oktyabrksy District Court has adjourned the hearing for the appeal against the arrest of Swiss Greenpeace activist Marco Paolo Weber, an Interfax correspondent reports.

The court learned that German was the native tongue of the activist. He admitted that he spoke English but not well enough and rejected the services of the English translator assigned to him.

Weber told the judge he did not understand legal terms in English.

Lawyer Irina Beryoza told the court her client had the right to translations into his native tongue.

The judge adjourned the appeal hearing until October 21.

The Greenpeace Arctic Sunrise vessel was detained in the Pechora Sea on September 19 during the protest staged near the Prirazlomnaya oilrig.

The Coast Guard escorted the Arctic Sunrise to Murmansk on September 24. The ship had a multinational crew of 30, including three citizens of Russia.

The Murmansk court arrested the entire crew on counts of piracy.

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