Skip to comments.U.S. Greenpeace captain jailed in Russia
Posted on 09/28/2013 3:56:29 AM PDT by Brad from Tennessee
MOSCOW Nearly 30 years ago, Peter Willcox was captain of the Greenpeace ship the Rainbow Warrior when it was blown up by French agents. Today, the American is in a Russian jail, accused of piracy after members of his latest Greenpeace crew tried to board an offshore oil platform in the Arctic in a protest against drilling.
Willcox, now the 60-year-old captain of the Arctic Sunrise, was among 22 Greenpeace activists from around the world who were ordered detained for two months this week by a court in Murmansk, a Russian port above the Arctic Circle. After a hearing that began early Thursday morning and concluded at 2 a.m. Friday, the court delayed a decision on eight other detainees. They include the groups spokesman, Dima Litvinov, who has dual Swedish American citizenship.
Russia detained two activists on the rig Sept. 19 and seized the ship in the Pechora Sea on Sept. 20, towing it to Murmansk, where it arrived Tuesday. Conviction on piracy charges could bring up to 15 years in jail.
Our ship was seized in international waters, and that was a mistake, Daniel Simons, a Greenpeace lawyer, said Friday, addressing a Moscow news conference via Skype from Murmansk.
The only legal grounds for seizing a ship in those waters, Simons said, are illegal fishing, illegal broadcasting, causing serious pollution or piracy. The Arctic Sunrise was guilty of none of those crimes, he said, and piracy requires two ships. . .
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I hope they execute him!!
“The only legal grounds for seizing a ship in those waters, Simons said, are illegal fishing, illegal broadcasting, causing serious pollution or piracy”
Ah, so this explains the charge. It was the only one they could apply. What happened to terrorism? That doesn’t apply in a Martine context? What was the Achille Lauro?
The seed planted by the KGB 70 years ago bears fruit—in the KGB’s backyard. This is funny stuff.
Headline that should have been:
“Green piece tries to be edgy like the sea shepherd trailer trash, fails in epic hippie stupidity spectacle.”
Subtitle: even the sea shepherd fags know better than to mess with Russians.
They should have sunk the ship with all hands.
Hang him low so the dogs can gnaw on him !
It’s good to hear some good news from time to time.
Give the Russians credit...at least they aren’t afraid of the enviro-nazis or public opinion and actually charge and convict based upon the crime.
“Russia detained two activists on the rig Sept. 19 and seized the ship in the Pechora Sea on Sept. 20 . . .”
Now just for the record, September 19 was International Talk Like a Pirate Day.
I think these Greenpeace pests need to put a little more thought into their planning in the future (if they have a future).
that is his own fault, he took the risk
I hope they execute him!!
Him and his crew. They are terrorists.
Obama is probably calling the Ruskies now.
I keep agreeing more and more with Russia.
Yeah, I hope Putin tells him to pi$$ up a rope.
Putin is really becoming a hero. Making all the “right” moves.
Shoot everyone of them.
its like many of these groups, for example Occupy Wall Street, that think they can violate the law because various political forces in the government will line up to protect them.
the political forces in russia. wont line up to protect you. now you know.
Piracy is piracy. Bad move!