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Hearing on Greenpeace activists detained in Russia to begin next month

Berlin: 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.

Russia's Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has come under international criticism for the detention of the Greenpeace activists. AP image

Russia's Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has come under international criticism for the detention of the Greenpeace activists. AP image

The International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, based in the German city of Hamburg, said Friday that a public hearing on the "Arctic Sunrise" case will be held on Nov. 6. A ruling is expected a few weeks later.

The 28 Greenpeace activists, a Russian photographer and a British videographer have been held since their ship, the "Arctic Sunrise," was seized by the Russian coast guard after a protest near a Gazprom-owned oil rig on Sept. 18.

The tribunal handles disputes arising from interpretation and application of the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.

AP


Updated Date: Oct 25, 2013 19:27 PM

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