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  Charges against eight of 15 Russian sailors in Nigeria abandoned

    Wednesday 19 June 2013

A Nigerian court on June 18, 2013, acquitted eight of 15 Russian sailors of the "Myre Seadiver" which were arrested in October 2012 in the port of Lagos, being accused of possessing weapons illegally. The charges against eight defendants were abandoned after their withdrawal by the prosecution by the Federal High Court during a hearing in Lagos. Seven Russian sailors will be in court later in the week. On Oct 19, 2013, the "Myre Seadiver" entered the port of Lagos to refuel and repair. The ship was carrying a number of arms and ammunition which had been officially declared. The Nigerian authorities had been notified in due form. However, the "Myre Seadiver" was detained in the port for the reason that its presence in the territorial waters of Nigeria was illegal. Its 15 crew members were suspected of arms smuggling and arrested. The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs hoped that the court also would withdraw the charges against the seven other sailors to end this affair.

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