About 13 Georgians accused of arms smuggling in Philippines to be released next week
Georgia, Tbilisi, Jan. 16 / Trend N. Kirtskhalia /
Georgian sailors accused of illegal arms smuggling in Philippines will be released next week, the sailors' relatives in Georgia said.
Relatives told Rustavi-2 TV Company that they were assured by Georgian authorities that about 13 sailors will be released next week after the Georgian Foreign Ministry joined the negotiations.
Relatives have already spoken to detained sailors who also confirm this information.
About 13 sailors accused of arms smuggling are waiting for the final verdict. But hearings have not been completed yet. Georgian sailors said they knew nothing about the arms. They said it wads prerogative of the captain Lorenz Bens and his assistant Bruce Johns.
The captain of the vessel took responsibility for arms smuggling. Georgian sailors hope for rapid release.
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