International Development News
Development News Edition

Slovak prosecutor orders detained Greenpeace activists freed


Slovakia's general prosecutor on Tuesday ordered the release of 12 Greenpeace activists who were detained last week after climbing a tower during a protest at a coal mine that supplies one of the country's most polluting power plants.

The order overturned the decision of a Slovak court on Sunday to keep the activists in custody until trial. That decision drew criticism from Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini, opposition parties and NGOs.

The 12 activists, from Slovakia, Czech Republic, Belgium and Finland, were charged with endangering a strategic utility, an offence that potentially carries a jail sentence.

"They should have never been sent to custody," general prosecutor Jaromir Ciznar told reporters, adding the charges against them might be changed or dropped before the trial.

No one was hurt during the protest but the mining company, Hornonitrianske Bane Prievidza (HBP), said 342 miners underground were put in danger as all operations at the premises were halted for several hours. (Reporting By Tatiana Jancarikova Editing by Gareth Jones)

(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)


TRENDING

OPINION/BLOG/INTERVIEW

'No escape from telephones', this 1953 prediction actually comes true

In 1953, a telephone company chief predicted that therell be no escape from telephones in the future....

With Ayodhya verdict, CJI starts clearing high profile pending cases

Ending all the speculations, the Chief Justice of India Mr. Ranjan Gogoi who is due to retire on November 17 decided to deliver the verdict in Ayodya dispute at 10.30 am on Saturday which is not a working day for the Supreme Court. This is ...

How partnerships and collaborations could enhance teacher training

Monica Malhotra Kandhari, Managing Director, MBD Group shares her views on public private partnership and collaborations in education sector. She supports her propositions with her organisations success stories....

Fixed Test centers would facelift level of WTC in India

The venues for the test matches in India should be fixed so that World Test Championship matches remain fair....

Videos

Latest News

European shares poised for sixth weekly gain, aided by trade optimism

European shares were on course for a sixth straight weekly gain on Friday, following a record close on Wall Street as bullish comments from a White House official on a U.S.-China trade deal boosted trade-sensitive miners, technology stocks ...

Ousted ambassador to testify in Trump impeachment probe

Washington, Nov 15 AP The House will hear from a singular witness Friday in the Trump impeachment hearings Marie Yovanovitch, the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine who was targeted by the presidents allies in a smear campaign now central to...

FTSE jumps on Sino-U.S. trade deal hopes; nationalisation risk hits BT

Londons FTSE 100 followed global peers higher on Friday as hopes of an imminent U.S.-China trade deal were rekindled by comments from a senior U.S. official, while BT slipped after Britains opposition party vowed to nationalize parts of the...

Five world-medallist boxers sign up with IOS

Five World Championships medal-winning boxers, including Gaurav Bidhuri and Manju Rani, have signed up with sports management firm Infinity Optimal Solutions IOS. Bidhuri, Lovlina Borgohain, Jamuna Boro, Simranjit Kaur and Rani have signed ...

Give Feedback