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Sudan link to Greek mystery ship

An explosives-laden ship seized off Greece had documents linking it to a non-existent firm based in Sudan, say officials. The Baltic Sky was carrying 680 tons of explosives when it was stormed by special forces off Greece’s western coast on Sunday. Greek Shipping Minister George Anomeritis says the ship’s manifest showed that cargo was officially bound for a company with “a post office box in Khartoum that did not exist”. The crew of seven – five Ukrainians and two Azeris – have now been charged with possession and transport of explosives, an offence which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years. Mr Anomerities said earlier that possible terrorist links would be investigated. The ship’s location when it was stopped suggested it was not heading towards Khartoum. It had apparently been sailing around the Mediterranean for six weeks before being impounded. It had loaded 450 pallets of TNT and 8,000 detonators in Gabes, Tunisia on 12 May, Mr Anomeritis said. The vessel was later seen near Istanbul on 22 May and in the Aegean Sea on 2 June. It was boarded in the Ionian Sea on Sunday. Full Story

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