You are here: Home » PTI Stories » National » News
Business Standard

Slovakia frees 'unlawfully' held Greenpeace activists

AFP  |  Bratislava 

Slovakia's said on Tuesday he had ordered the release of 12 activists who had been held "unlawfully" for staging a protest at the EU country's largest and oldest brown mine.

The campaigners from Belgium, Czech Republic, Finland, and were detained without bail last week after hoisting a banner saying "End age!" on the tower of a lignite mine in Novaky, central

Their detention and bail rejection sparked a protest in the capital on Monday and criticism from Slovakia's top politicians including the

had also called for their immediate release. "Today, I issued an order to release all 12 people," Slovakia's told on Tuesday, adding that "these people are detained unlawfully". He added that the district court, which had ordered their detention without bail on Sunday, had "improperly" defined their actions.

Slovakia's said in a statement Monday that he did not "understand how we can push activists into the role of criminals".

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Tue, December 04 2018. 20:50 IST