ATHENS – The captain of the Tanzania-flagged freighter “Andromeda”, which was seized with 410 tonnes of explosives off the coast of Crete, was remanded in custody on Thursday.
According to the coast guard the “Andromeda” was bound for Libya, breaching an EU ban on the sale or transportation of weapons and explosives to that country. Following the discovery by authorities, the ship was led to the port of Iraklio and its eight crew members were detained.
Meanwhile, the freighter “Kapetan Christos” where the explosives have been transferred, arrived at the port of Thessaloniki on Thursday morning. The 29 containers with the 410 tons of explosives will be stored at a military depot in northern Greece.
“My client, who is also facing serious health problems, has been destroyed and he will soon file an application for release. Although he gave all the necessary explanations and submitted the relevant documents, he was remanded in custody. I believe that there is the presumption of innocence and this should be respected by all. I believe that this case cannot stand up in court,” his lawyer said to the Athens-Macedonian News Agency (ANA).