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Eight Ukrainian sailors arrested in Portugal for transportation of 2,5 tons of cocaine

The cost of found drugs is about 500 million euro
21:08, 8 February 2019

Ukrainian Information Service, Odesa

A vessel with 2,5 tons of cocaine was arrested not far from Portugal; eight Ukrainian sailors were on its board as Ukrainian Information Service reported citing Fund for Sailors Assistance “Assol”.

SEA SCAN1 vessel along with a crew was detained on January 30, in 300 km from Cape St. Vincent, Algarve province, Portugal, in neutral waters.

Particularly, eight Ukrainians, five of them are from Odesa, were detained.

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2,5 tons of cocaine were found during the examination of the vessel. Preliminary, it costs about 500 million euro.

All suspects detained for three months.

According to the Portuguese legislation, all detained sailors are provided with the lawyer and interpreter.

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According to Deputy Head of Consular Support Department of the Directorate General for consular service of the Foreign Ministry Oleksandr Khomiak, the crew of the detained vessel consists of 11 people, eight of them are citizens of Ukraine, one citizen of Georgia, the Netherlands and France as UNN reported.

“Consul visited all Ukrainian citizens twice since the moment of detention, particularly, on February 1 and February 6,” he said.

All sailors got the letters from the relatives.

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Over two hundred Ukrainian sailors are now held in custody in Greece and Italy. State Secretary for Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry Andriy Zayets said that on August 7.

As of June, there were 151 Ukrainian sailors in Greece, 98 of them were detained for transporting illegal migrants. Over a hundred Ukrainian citizens are now held in Italian prisons, judged for the same kind of violation.

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Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry reported that 42 citizens of Ukraine were convicted and 78 Ukrainians are under the investigation in Greece due to the accusation of the transfer of the illegal migrants.

Earlier we reported that 214 Ukrainian sailors imprisoned in Greece, India, Spain, Libya, Oman and Sri-Lanka as the Foreign Ministry of Ukraine reported.

 

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