MaritimeNews ® 27-Nov-2017 17:05

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Thirty-five crew members and guards of the American ship Seaman Guard Ohio, which were arrested in 2013, have been acquitted in India, local media reported. 
On November 27, the Madurai bench of the Madras high court set free the seamen after the prosecution had failed to prove that the ship entered the country’s territorial waters with illegal weapons and without necessary permits.
To remind, the ship’s crew including six British nationals, three Ukrainians, fourteen Estonians as well as twelve Indians, was detained on October 12, 2013, in the Indian Port of Tuticorin for possession of illegal arms and for environmental pollution.
At the time of the arrest, the 35 men were working on a ship combating Somali pirates when they were detained by the Indian coastguard.
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