6 Nov 2013

Netherlands seeks release of activists

9:03 pm on 6 November 2013

The Netherlands will ask an international court in Germany on Wednesday order the release of 30 people detained by Russia during a protest against Arctic oil drilling in September.

The 28 activists and two journalists who were on board the Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise are accused by Moscow of piracy and hooliganism.

They include New Zealanders Jonathan Beauchamp and David Haussman.

The International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, based in Hamburg, will consider an application from the Dutch Foreign Ministry, which argues that they should be released until their cases are brought before a court, the BBC reports.