Russian Cargo Vessel Arrested In South Africa Under “Weapons Of Mass Destruction” Statute For Improper Permits

Monday, August 27, 2018
By Paul Martin

by Tyler Durden
Mon, 08/27/2018

Update: South African Foreign Minister Lindiwe Sisulu said during a Monday briefing that while the ship was arrested, however it was carrying industrial mining explosives, according to Russian state news agency Tass.

Earlier, the Russian embassy in Pretoria stated that South African port authorities detained the vessel on August 23 because they did not have a permit to carry industrial explosives on board.

A representative for the ship’s owner company Transflot informed TASS that the cargo is transferred in containers, and the crew obtained the permit for transportation of dangerous cargo from US officials. -Tass

South African authorities at the Port of Ngqura reportedly discovered explosives aboard a Russian cargo ship last week and booked under a statute related to Weapons of Mass Destruction, according to Herald Live. The cargo was headed to Lagos, Nigeria and the United States, and was discovered following an anonymous tipoff. The ship’s owner has refuted the claim, according to Russian news agency Tass.

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