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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Solo Crew May Be Detained Further

A Dutch diplomat who has been onboard the seized Greenpeace ship Solo said Tuesday that the captain and crew may be detained for another 10 days.


Dirk Jan Kop, the Dutch consul general based in St. Petersburg, told The Moscow Times via phone from Murmansk that the investigation committee was expected to make a decision Wednesday morning.


Greenpeace's lawyer Duncan Kerry said Tuesday that the Solo's crew was refusing to speak to the Russian investigators until allowed to consult with him, according to Interfax.


The committee can either release or arrest the crew or decide to investigate for 10 more days, according to Kop. "I spoke to the committee and to the captain, but no decisions have been reached yet", he said.


Kop was the only diplomat allowed onboard the Dutch-registered Solo, which was seized by Russian coast guards last week for allegedly trespassing in Russian waters without permission.


The Solo, which belongs to the controversial environmental pressure group Greenpeace, was forced to cut short a mission to monitor radiation off the coast of Novaya Zemlya, which they believe to be the world's largest nuclear dump at sea.


Five other diplomats from the United States, Canada, Germany, Sweden and Britain were denied access to the Solo. They were allowed to meet crew members only on a Russian coast guard ship which could only by reached by sea.