10/18/13 - Fox News - Panama to decide whether to keep, let go NKorean ship crew detained
PANAMA CITY A Panamanian official says the nation will soon decide
whether to file weapon charges against the crew detained in July aboard a
North Korean ship carrying Cuban fighter jets and missiles or send them
Anti-drug prosecutor Javier Caraballo said Friday that a decision is
expected in early November.
Panama is expecting a visit soon by North Korean diplomats who want to
press for the 35 crew members' return.
The ship was headed from Cuba to North Korea when it was seized July 15 by
authorities who suspected it carried drugs. A Panamanian official said the
ship carried two Cuban fighter jets in perfect condition, contradicting
Cuba's explanation that the cargo included "obsolete defensive weapons."
A preliminary report by U.N. experts determined that the seized ship
violated U.N. sanctions.
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