A ship under Liberian flag MSC CAPUCINE R with a Ukrainian crew was detained in Turkey on suspicion of drug smuggling. The captain and his three aides were arrested. This was reported by Foreign Ministry spokesman Oleh Nikolenko, Interfax-Ukraine writes.
"On July 10, Turkish police detained MSC CAPUCINE R under Liberian flag in the port of Iskenderun. The crew consisted of 24 Ukrainians and one foreigner. The next day, the Iskenderun prosecutor's office arrested the ship's captain and his three assistants. All of tyhem are Ukrainian citizens. They were pressed charges for drug smuggling," Nikolenko said.
The crew consists of 24 Ukrainians and one foreigner. The rest of the crew are currently on board the ship and are taking part in the investigation as witnesses. According to Nikolenko, the Ukrainian embassy in Turkey is currently providing consular assistance to the detainees.
"A lawyer and an interpreter were provided for our citizens, the consuls keep in touch with their relatives. The Ukrainian embassy asked the Turkish side for access to the investigation materials and for a visit to Ukrainian sailors. The rest of the crew are currently on board. They are participating in the investigation as witnesses," the spokesman said.
Nikolenko added that the Directorate General For Consular Service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine and the Embassy of Ukraine in Turkey are keeping the case under control.
Earlier, it was reported that six Ukrainian sailors of Stevia cargo ship were freed from captivity and were sent to Feofania hospital for treatment.