December 12, 2013
Greenpeace activists could face piracy charges
Russia has allegedly charged with piracy Greenpeace activists who were arrested for trying to board an oil rig last week in protest of hydrocarbon exploration activities in the Arctic. Argentineans Camila Speziale and Hernán Pérez are among them. Local Greenpeace sources and activists' relatives , however, say there is yet no official confirmation about the prosecution decision.
The Russian Investigate Committee said in a statement that a “criminal investigation” has been opened and pointed out that activists will be trialed “regardless of their nationality.” Piracy crimes could lead to 15 years in prison in the BRIC nation.
21-year old Speziale lives in the Buenos Aires City neighborhood of Caballito and has been a volunteer for Greenpeace for the past 4 years while Hernán Pérez Orsi belongs to Greenpeace International.
Along with other envorionmental protesters, they tried scaling the Gazprom-owned Prirazlomnaya platform, Russia's first offshore Arctic oil platform. The protest ended in the arrest of the 30 activists on the ship and the detention of the Netherlands-registered icebreaker Artic Sunrise.
Sister of Hernán María Luz Pérez Orsi was interviewed earlier this morning by local media and explained that there is yet no confirmation about the piracy charges and that relatives in Argentina are still waiting for official information.