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Cyprus Internet Directory [ Suspect vessel still being held in Greece ]

Suspect vessel still being held in Greece

WHILE Cyprus is embroiled in a diplomatic crisis over Monchegorsk, the suspected arms ship held in Limassol Port, a second vessel heading for Iran, suspected of involvement in the illegal arms trade has been held at a Greek port since December.

According to Eleftherotypia, suspect vessel Suzanna arrived at Elefsina Port in Greece on December 10, and has since been docked at port due to an investigation on whether its cargo is illegal.

The vessel started its journey in November from a Slovenian port, with Iran as its final destination. The ship first stopped at the notorious Gioia Tauro port at Calabria in Italy, and then arrived at Elefsina, where it was held based on information that it was carrying illegal arms cargo.

Following a search of the cargo, Greek authorities found it was carrying four containers, weighing 20 tonnes each, of CK22 – a material that can be used to construct missiles and liquid fuel tanks for missiles. Described as ‘hot-rolled carbon steel plates’, the material can also be used in legal commercial production.

Following the information received by the UN, which warned Greece that the suspect ship would be arriving, Greek authorities are holding the vessel, for three main reasons: the content of its cargo, the fact that the vessel followed a popular illegal arms trade route, and that the Iranian company which ordered the cargo is suspected of illegal arms trade, as provided in a relevant UN resolution.

The vessel is expected to remain at Elefsina until investigations, including a lab analysis, are completed.

One of the most suspicious elements of the vessels’ journey, was reportedly the fact that it stopped at Gioia Tauro port. Italian investigators estimate that 80 per cent of Europe’s cocaine arrives from Colombia via Gioia Tauro’s docks. The port is also allegedly involved in the illegal arms trade. These activities are reportedly controlled by a syndicate of Calabrian crime families known as the ’Ndrangheta.


(Source: Cyprus Mail)
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