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Georgian border guards detained a dry-cargo ship flying the flag of Cambodia in Poti2009-11-24 16:18
Today, due to a joint operation, officers of the operational-investigations service of the Georgian coast-guard and representatives of the conventional inspection for Black Sea protection detained the Tek Mekhmet dry-cargo ship flying the flag of Cambodia near the fifth quay of Poti.gt-en-newsitem-inside
An investigation is carried out and a criminal case has been initiated under Article 582 "Marine Pollution" of the Administrative Offence Code, Trend reports.
It is notable that the cases of foreign ships detention in the port of Poti are rather often.
For example, this August, Turkish tanker BUKET flying the flag of Panama was also detained here. The vessel was carrying oil to Abkhazia and was arrested for illegal border crossing. The court transferred the ship into ownership of the state. Sixteen out of 17 BUKET crew members were released on paying a 3-thousand laris fine (1,8 thousand dollars) per each member. The captain of the ship, a citizen of Turkey, was charged with grave violation of the customs rules and infringement of the rules for foreign citizens entering an occupied territory. The court sentenced him to 24 years of imprisonment. The Turkish authorities refused to put up with the severe sentence passed upon the captain of the tanker. Ankara characterized Tbilisi's actions as running counter to maritime law and sent the head of the Turkish MFA to Georgia to attain the release of the captain. On September 9, upon the decision taken by the court of appeals of Kutaisi he was released. His punishment was replaced by a three-year conditional sentence and a 30-thousand laris fine (18 thousand dollars).
Not so long before that, the Poti coast guards together with the officers of conventional inspection for sea protection detained EGEMEN DOVEN, a ship flying the flag of Panama. Its crew was also charged with pollution of the sea zone in the port of Poti.
Earlier, similar charges were brought against the crew of the PUR NAVOLOK dry-cargo ship flying the flag of Cyprus.