SBU exposes illegal exploitation of Ukrainian tanker detained in Libya

Source : 112 Ukraine

Earlier tanker ‘Ruta’ was detained off the shores of Libya
16:40, 14 May 2018

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The workers of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) has exposed the illegal exploitation of the leased state marine vessel ‘Ruta’  that caused the detention of 14 Ukrainian sailors in Libyan waters as the press service of the SBU reported.

‘Tanker ‘Ruta’ owned by Ukraine’s Infrastructure Ministry was passed to foreign shipping company in 2003 on the basis of the rental contract. The law enforcers has established that in February 2017 the perpetrators forged the approval and registration document of the right to exploit the vessel and it allowed them to illegally raise the Ukrainian flag at ‘Ruta’ and organize the illegal export of fuel shipment from Lybia as the violation of the UN resolution’s demands’, the message said.

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The SBU added that the operatives of the Chief Counter-Intelligence Protection of State Interests in Economy Security Department of the SBU established the organizers of the deal within the open criminal proceeding.

‘The workers of the special service together with the National Police held the searches in Odesa, the representative office of offshore company that exploited the vessel for the documentation of the abuse of authority cases by the officials of the company. The materials exposed by the law enforcers will provide the return of detained crew members and tanker and prevent the imposing of the international sanctions against Ukraine’, the SBU noted.

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On April 28, 2017, Libyan military-marine forces seized two vessels suspected in the smuggling of the petroleum.

According to the officer of Libyan Armed Forces, the crews were armed and the runabouts were hired for their protection. It was reported that the tanker is owned by Odesa company. Later, it was reported that Lybian court arrested the smuggling of the petroleum and 14 citizens of Ukraine, crew members.

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