Ship's engineer charged after Arctic oil rig protest
A maritime engineer has become the second Westcountry man to be charged with piracy after a Greenpeace protest at an Arctic oil rig in Russia.
Iain Rogers, 37, from Exeter, is one of six Britons who were held when officials boarded their vessel, the Arctic Sunrise, two weeks ago.
He now joins freelance videographer Keiron Bryan, from Shebbear, as all 30 people on board the vessel have now been formally charged.
Mr Rogers' mother, Sue Rogers, says her son is not an activist, but the ship's engineer, though he shares the group's philosophy.
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She has spoken to him since the incident and says he is "upbeat" and had been "well treated".
Greenpeace said yesterday: "A further 15 Greenpeace international activists and a Russian freelance photojournalist were today charged with piracy in Murmansk.
"If convicted, the offence carries a maximum 15-year jail term."
A campaign to free the 30 is gathering pace.
On Tuesday night climbers hung a huge banner from the roof of a Swiss football stadium hosting a match in the UEFA Champions League, a tournament sponsored by Gazprom.
On Wednesday all of Gazprom's filling stations in Germany were hit by protests.
Greenpeace International executive director Kumi Naidoo said: "Our activists have been charged with a crime that did not happen."