Venezuela highjacked one more vessel, Turkish tanker Aqua.
Venezuela reported new victory over illegal drugs traffic, National Guardians and officers of Drugs Control Agency ONA arrested tanker Aqua and all 23 Turkish crew, after they found 116 kilograms of cocaine in engine room, on Feb 20. That may be true, but facts contradict Venezuela's version. Several vessels and planes were arrested during last several years, and in all known cases looks like it was a setup, with the purpose of arresting vessel and demanding from owner some kind of ?compensation?, or plainly speaking, it"s just a piracy on a state level.
I'm corresponding with two Ukranian seamen, who're under arrest more than 2 years by now, they're Master and 2 Officer of a bulker B.Atlantic, arrested in Venezuela on a pretext of finding drugs. Authorities confiscated vessel and cargo coal (worth around 3 mil USD), but can"t dispose them because can"t prove crew or owner involvement in illegal drugs, so now they"re trying to frame-up two seamen into fleeding to Colombia, that"s what seamen"s ?lawyer? advised them to do. That means, if they try to escape, they will be covertly killed, Court will rule in favour of Venezuela as main witnesses just don"t show up.
Tanker Aqua IMO 9346732 Flag Malta build 2007 DWT 115934 Genel Denizcilik Nakliyati A.S.