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Germany: Greenpeace trial awaits final verdict00:50

Germany: Greenpeace trial awaits final verdict

Germany, Hamburg
November 6, 2013 at 11:56 GMT +00:00 · Published

Germany: Greenpeace trial awaits final verdict

Participants of the Greenpeace trial at the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea in Hamburg are now awaiting the court's verdict.

The trial is being held following an appeal by the Dutch government to the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea to release the crew who were on board the Greenpeace icebreaker, the Arctic Sunrise. The ship was seized by Russian security officials after Greenpeace activists used it as part of a protest against an Arctic oil rig in September.

Liesbeth Lijnzaad, a legal adviser to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, said, "We have given our view on the case and it is now for the judges to decide. We have full confidence in the judges, we trust that they will give us a well-considered and well-reasoned decision in this case which has a great amount of urgency."

Russia says that the ship was in its exclusive economic zone and endangering a Russian oil platform and should therefore be subject to Russian laws, while the Netherlands claims the ship was in international waters.

Russia did not attend the trial and said that is does not accept decisions that concern its national sovereignty.

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Germany: Greenpeace trial awaits final verdict

Participants of the Greenpeace trial at the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea in Hamburg are now awaiting the court's verdict.

The trial is being held following an appeal by the Dutch government to the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea to release the crew who were on board the Greenpeace icebreaker, the Arctic Sunrise. The ship was seized by Russian security officials after Greenpeace activists used it as part of a protest against an Arctic oil rig in September.

Liesbeth Lijnzaad, a legal adviser to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, said, "We have given our view on the case and it is now for the judges to decide. We have full confidence in the judges, we trust that they will give us a well-considered and well-reasoned decision in this case which has a great amount of urgency."

Russia says that the ship was in its exclusive economic zone and endangering a Russian oil platform and should therefore be subject to Russian laws, while the Netherlands claims the ship was in international waters.

Russia did not attend the trial and said that is does not accept decisions that concern its national sovereignty.