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Ship Captain Explains Detour to Greece

For weeks, the creaky Balkan Sky languished off the Turkish coast waiting for orders to set sail for Sudan with tons of explosives. Then came a telex from the ship’s Irish owner: Forget Africa and divert the cargo to a remote Greek port. But Capt. Anatoliy Baltak of Ukraine, who gave the account Wednesday, claimed he and his crew had no idea they were breaking the law when they sailed into Greek waters and straight into a team of waiting commandos — who had been tipped off about the ship by a NATO anti-terrorist task force. “I didn’t think I was doing something illegal,” Baltak said in his first public comments on the vessel’s nearly six-week voyage. “It didn’t even cross my mind that terrorism was an issue.” Baltak’s chronology — given after a nearly 90-minute hearing before an investigating magistrate — could answer some questions about the ship and its cargo. But new mysteries also emerged. Full Story

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