Netherlands seeks to free Greenpeace crew and ship via int’l maritime court

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October 22, 2013 by AK

The Netherlands’ foreign minister Frans Timmermans said on 4 October that he would launch legal action in an international tribunal to free the Arctic Sunrise and her crew.

Yesterday the Netherlands officially lodged the lawsuit with the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea in Hamburg (ITLOS).

Long overdue, it seems to me. Russian border guards fired at the GP activists,  then stormed and seized the GP ship clearly outside of the country’s territorial waters.

It will probably take two or three weeks before the court hears the case, and two more weeks later the ruling should be announced.


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