Amsterdam - An Austrian man is suspected of imprisoning a family on an isolated farm in the Netherlands, authorities said on Wednesday.
The 58-year-old man, detained the previous day, is accused of false imprisonment. He was to appear before a judge on Thursday. The family is believed to have spent the past nine years at the residence.
The family, comprising six siblings aged 18 to 25 and their father, is believed to have lived on the farm near the village of Ruinerwold, in the eastern province of Drenthe, since 2010.
The family was discovered in a cellar at the farm after one of the sons sought help in a nearby pub earlier this week.
The Austrian man apparently rented the property and did repair work on it. He was reportedly detained initially on the allegation that he had refused to cooperate with the investigation.