2013-07-22 17:37:00

Trial of Dutch gay activists adjourned in Murmansk

Murmansk, July 22, Interfax - A trial of four Dutch citizens who stand accused of violating the law banning the propaganda of homosexual relations among minors, has been adjourned.

The hearings were canceled after law enforcement officials withdrew the files of the case, Irina Berezina, spokeswoman for the Leninsky court in Murmansk, told Interfax.

"The next hearings will be held in a couple of days," she said.

Reports said earlier, citing a source in law enforcement services, that a trial of four Dutch citizens was to be held on Monday.

The case was widely covered by foreign media but their reports are biased, the source said, but did not provide the details.

A tourist camp in the Murmansk region hosted a Youth Rights Camp cultural and educational event last week, which also included a speech by member of the LGBT-Groningen Dutch organization Kris ven der Veen, earlier reports said. A film was also being shot in the summer camp about the observance of human rights in Russia.

Police and migration officials arrived at the camp on July 21 and drew up a report saying the ban on the propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations among minors had been violated. Videos of interviews with minors were seized, according to media reports.