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Captain of Impounded Ship Points To Owner

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 today, said 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-terrorism 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.” Full Story

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