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German boxship arrested in Guinea. Or hijacked?

July 6, 2015 at 07:17 by Mikhail Voytenko in Maritime Security

German boxship AS Castor arrived to Conakry, Guinea, Western Africa, in the beginning of June from Las Palmas Canary Island, on June 3 vessel was arrested by police after they found two bags with 81 kilogram of cocaine, hided in on eof the containers loaded with sugar. Container was loaded in Las Palmas as a transit, en route from Brazil to Conakry. 17 crew include 10 Ukrainians (including Captain), 6 Filipino and 1 Polish nationalities. Master and Chief Engineer were arrested, vessel after completing cargo operations was taken on road and is anchored on Conakry anchorage since then.
Several court hearings didn’t produce any decision, or verdict, simply because authorities or police weren’t able to present any facts proving crew or management involvement.
One more story of a State-initiated piracy, so common in Western Africa and some countries of South America. Authorities, whoever they are, demand actually, a ransom from ship’s management, blackmailing them by the fate of the crew and financial losses incurred by the arrest of the vessel. The whole story may be a fake, a frame-up with drugs planted by fraudsters.
Such cases request a strong protest from involved countries, in this case Germany, Philippines, Poland and Ukraine. There are not many ways to force Western African countries back into sense and lawfulness, but those few available, first of all diplomatic protests, should be implied.

German boxship arrested in Guinea. Or hijacked?

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