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Date Set For Greenpeace Hearing


British Greenpeace International activist Iain Rogers holds the bars of a cell during his bail hearing in Russia on October 22.

British Greenpeace International activist Iain Rogers holds the bars of a cell during his bail hearing in Russia on October 22.

An international court will hold a hearing next month on The Netherlands' bid to force Russia to release a Greenpeace protest ship and the activists who were on board.

The International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, based in the German city of Hamburg, said on October 25 that a public hearing on the "Arctic Sunrise" case will be held on November 6.

A ruling is expected a few weeks later.

Russia will not take part in the hearing as it has rejected the international arbitration process.

The 28 Greenpeace activists and two journalists were seized by the Russian Coast Guard after a September 18 protest against oil drilling in the Arctic staged near a Gazprom oil rig. All 30 were initially charged with piracy, but those charges were later replaced with charges of hooliganism.

Based on reporting by AP and RAPSI
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