Ukraine to judge Syrian captain for entering occupied Crimea ports

Source : 112 Ukraine

Prosecutors have arrested the ship
12:40, 21 December 2016

Military Prosecutor’s Office brought to criminal responsibility the captain of the Tanzanian vessel Sky Moon, which was illegally entering the closed ports of the occupied Crimea. This was reported by the press service of the Military Prosecutor's Office of the Southern region of Ukraine.

"The captain of the vessel Sky Moon, a citizen of Syria, was informed of suspicion of committing a crime under Part 2, Art. 332-1 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine, which provides punishment of imprisonment for up to five years," the statement says.

During the preliminary investigation it was confirmed that the Tanzanian ship Sky Moon under the command of the above-mentioned individual entered the closed Crimean ports of Kerch, Feodosia and Sevastopol eight times during 2016, from these ports he was taking scrap metal, calcined and technical soda, flax seeds to Turkey and Moldova, that violates Ukrainian legislation.

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In addition, Prymorsky district court in Odesa begins consideration of several complaints of ship owner lawyers, who are trying to cancel the arrest imposed by the court on ship on December 21, 2016.

"Military Prosecutor's Office of the Southern region of Ukraine will continue to defend the state's interests in this issue and insist on extending the arrest. We hope that the Ukrainian court will listen to the arguments of Ukrainian law enforcement body," the Prosecutor’s Office noted.

Earlier it was reported that Ukraine might confiscate foreign cargo ship for entering Crimean port. Sky Moon, the arrested vessel, currently stays in Reni port, Odesa region, according to the State Border Guard.

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