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One of Britain's 'unlucky 13' arrested in the Netherlands

Ian Stanton from Liverpool was captured in Rotterdam.
Ian Stanton from Liverpool was captured in Rotterdam. Credit: Crimestoppers

A suspected drug trafficker who featured in the Operation Captura ‘unlucky thirteen’ campaign has been arrested in The Netherlands.

Ian Stanton, aged 42, from Liverpool, was captured at a house in Rotterdam by the Dutch Police.

Read more: Britain's 'unlucky 13'

Stanton, who is wanted by the National Crime Agency, is allegedly involved in a conspiracy to supply more than 400 kilos of cocaine. The drugs were found in May hidden in a container of frozen Argentinean beef.

Extradition proceedings are now underway.


Russian group throw tomatoes at Dutch King and Queen

Activists from a Russian opposition group threw tomatoes at Dutch King Willem-Alexander and his wife, Queen Maxima, as they arrived for a concert in Moscow today.

Eduard Limonov, the leader of the banned National Bolshevik Party, said two of its activists hurled tomatoes at the royals, but Russia's state security agency said they missed their target.

Netherlands' King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima meet Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow. Credit: Reuters

Limonov said the stunt was intended to attract public attention to what he called the Netherlands' failure to properly investigate the death of the group's member, Alexander Dolmatov, who committed suicide in January at a Dutch deportation centre.

The royal visit has come amid tensions between the two nations caused by Russia's seizure of a Dutch-flagged Greenpeace ship.

Read: Thousands in the streets to celebrate new King of Netherlands

Dutch to take Russia to court over Greenpeace arrests

The Netherlands will today ask an international court to order Russia to release 30 people detained for their part in a Greenpeace protest against oil drilling in the Arctic.

Greenpeace ship "Arctic Sunrise" is seen anchored outside the Arctic port city of Murmansk.
Greenpeace ship "Arctic Sunrise" is seen anchored outside the Arctic port city of Murmansk. Credit: Reuters

The detainees - who include two Dutch nationals - have been held on hooliganism charges since September 18, when environmentalist activists tried to scale Russia's first offshore Arctic oil rig.

Dutch officials hope the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea in Hamburg will make a ruling by mid-November that would secure the provisional release of the captives who have all been denied bail.

Russia has told the court it does not accept the Netherlands' case and will not participate in the proceedings.

Read: Detained journalist mother's hope for 'justice'

Senior Dutch diplomat attacked in Moscow

A senior Dutch diplomat based in Moscow has been attacked at his flat, days after a Russian official was arrested in The Hague.

Dutch Foreign Minister Frans Timmermans said the diplomat was "slightly injured", adding the Russian ambassador has been summoned to discuss the situation.

Dutch foreign minister Frans Timmermans.
Dutch foreign minister Frans Timmermans. Credit: Rainer Jensen/DPA/Press Association Images

Local news reports named the victim as the Dutch embassy's deputy head Onno Elderenbosch, and said he attacked by two men posing as electricians who drew a heart on a mirror in lipstick with the letters LGBT - the acronym for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender.

It follows the arrest earlier this month of Russian diplomat Dmitri Borodin on suspicion of mistreating two young children, which prompted President Vladimir Putin to demand an apology.

President Vladimir Putin.
President Vladimir Putin demanded an apology from the Dutch government following a Russian diplomat's arrest. Credit: REUTERS/Alexei Druzhinin/RIA Novosti/Pool

Following an investigation, Mr Timmermans conceded police officers had breached the rules on diplomatic immunity and he apologised.

Diplomatic relations between the countries were already strained after The Netherlands launched a legal bid to free 30 people detained in Russia following a Greenpeace protest.


Netherlands apologises for 'illegal' arrest of diplomat

The Dutch foreign minister has apologised to Moscow for the detention of a Russian diplomat in The Hague, saying his right to diplomatic immunity had been violated.

Russia's embassy in The Hague, Netherlands
Russia's embassy in The Hague, Netherlands Credit: Google Maps

Russian Embassy officials have accused Dutch police of entering the diplomat's home, beating him with a baton and illegally detaining him for several hours last weekend.

Read: President Putin demands apology after 'diplomat beaten up'

Foreign Minister Frans Timmermans "concluded that the detention and arrest of a Russian diplomat, who is guaranteed full diplomatic immunity, violated" international law.

The incident follows allegations in Dutch media that neighbours of the Russian diplomat, Dmitry Borodin, have made complaints about his treatment of his children.

Timmermans added that he "personally understands" the actions of the police officers involved.

Putin demands apology after 'diplomat beaten up'

Russian President Vladimir Putin has demanded an apology from the Netherlands over what Moscow says was an unprovoked attack on a Russian diplomat by unidentified assailants.

Russian President Vladimir Putin
Russian President Vladimir Putin Credit: Reuters

According to the Russian Foreign Ministry, attackers "wearing something like police uniforms" entered an apartment belonging to embassy diplomat Dmitry Borodin.

They reportedly beat him with a baton before escorting him to a police station.

Russia has lodged a formal diplomatic protest over the incident and the Dutch ambassador has been summoned to provide an "exhaustive explanation".

It comes at tense moment in relations between Russia and the Netherlands, which are at odds over the prosecution of environmental activists involved in a protest in the Arctic.

92-year-old former Nazi officer on trial for murder

A 92-year-old former member of the Nazi Waffen SS has gone on trial in Germany accused of murdering a Dutch resistance fighter in 1944.

Dutch-born Siert Bruins, who is now a German citizen, is accused of killing Aldert Klaas Dijkema in the town of Appingedam in The Netherlands, near the German border.

Bruins faces a possible life sentence.

ITV News' special correspondent Rageh Omaar reports:

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