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Poti city court to decide the fate of the Turkish vessel2009-08-19 17:30
Today the court of Poti will decide whether BUKET vessel, arrested a few days ago, will be passed to state property or not, Koba Kirtadze, coast police deputy chief said - RIA Novosti.gt-en-newsitem-inside
He added that in case the vessel will be passed, then it will become the property of the Ministry of Finance, which can sell it at the auction.
He explained that BUKET, carrying 2000 tons of petrol and 700 tons of diesel fuel under Panama flag to Abkhazia, was arrested for illegal crossing of state border.
The captain of the ship, the citizen of Turkey, is currently in Zugdidi prison #4, sentenced to 2 months of pretrial incarceration. He is accused of violation of customs rules and rules for entering the occupied territory, and can be sentenced up to 12 years in prison.
The crew [12 citizens of Turkey and 4 - of Azerbaijan] remain in the ship, and have the status of suspects, Kirtadze mentioned. Previously Georgia Times reported that it has been the third case of Georgia arresting a Turkish vessel carrying civil cargo to Abkhazia. The Abkhazian side called the detention a seizure.