Greenpeace to appeal jailing of activists
MOSCOW - Greenpeace says it will appeal against the rulings of a Russian court that led to the jailing of its activists for a protest near an oil platform in the Arctic.
On Thursday, the court in the city of Murmansk jailed 22 members of the Greenpeace team, including two Canadians, who were protesting near the platform last week.
Among those jailed are a Russian photographer and the ship's U.S. captain. Eight more were detained for three days pending a new hearing.
The environmental group said in a statement Friday that it will appeal and is seeking the crew's immediate release.
The Russian Coast Guard disrupted an attempt by the activists Sept. 18 to scale the oil platform.
Russian authorities seized Greenpeace's ship next day and towed it with the crew aboard to Murmansk.
Paul Ruzycki, of Port Colborne, Ont., was serving as the shipâ€™s chief mate when it was seized. Montrealer Alexandre Paul, 35, was also on board.
_ With files from The Canadian Press.