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Saturday, 22 October 2016


Georgian sailors are staying in emigration camp in Manila

2009-08-24 15:08

Last Thursday ship Captain Ufuk, registered in Panama, with crew of 13 Georgian sailors and a South African captain, was detained near the shores of Bataan [province of the Philipinnes] in result of the special operation of customs service, police and coastal guards. In the ship they found: 5 crates of Galil submachine guns, assembled in Indonesia, 45 bayonets, 120 empty magazines. Napoleon Morales, the customs commissar stated 15 empty crates were found, armaments presumably transferred to another ship.


The sailors are currently staying in emigration camp in Manila, said Alexander Nalbandov, the deputy Foreign Minister of Georgia, at today's briefing - RIA Novosti.

"The Georgian side uses all the available opportunities to bring our citizens from Philippines back home. According to the latest data the consular department of the Foreign Ministry obtained, on Saturday - Sunday we had contact with our sailors. According to the information we possess, all the citizens of Georgia, 13 people, feel good and are stating in emigration camp in Manila, the capital of the Philippines", Nalbandov stated.

Georgian TV companies managed to connect with relatives of the sailors and even some of the detained and stated the owner company of the ship had already hired a lawyer. The trial could be conducted today.


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