Murmansk Court hearing Greenpeace case bumps into translation problem

The Murmansk Region Court has delayed until next week the hearing of appeals against the arrest of Greenpeace activists Ana Paola Maziele (Brazil) and Miguel Hernan Perez Orzi (Argentina), an Interfax correspondent reports.

The Murmansk Region Court has delayed until next week the hearing of appeals against the arrest of Greenpeace activists Ana Paola Maziele (Brazil) and Miguel Hernan Perez Orzi (Argentina), an Interfax correspondent reports.

The court's decision derived from translation problems. Greenpeace Arctic Sunrise sailor Ana Paola Maziele told the court she did not understand what her translator was saying. She complained about his rapid and incoherent speech. A representative of the Brazilian Embassy confirmed to the court that Ana Paola's words were translated incorrectly.

Similar problems occurred in the hearing of the appeal against the arrest of Arctic Sunrise second mate Miguel Hernan Perez Orzi.

A Greenpeace vessel was detained in the Pechora Sea on September 19 during a 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 Russians.

The Murmansk court placed all of the 30 Greenpeace activists who were onboard the Arctic Sunrise under arrest on counts of piracy.

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