28 February 2013, 15:31

Freed Russian sailors are in embassy, await further trial

Freed Russian sailors are in embassy, await further trial

Russia will see to it that the trial of the 15-member Russian crew of the Myre Seadiver ship detained in Nigeria come to its logical completion, the Russian embassy in Lagos on Thursday.

This week, the crew were released on bail after four months in custody and are currently in the embassy.

The next hearing is scheduled for April 10.

The Myre Seadiver crew was arrested last October after AK-47 assault rifles and ammunition were found on board.

The ship’s owner says the arms were properly declared.

Russian sailors in Nigeria released on bail - ambassador

Fifteen Russian sailors have been released on bail in Nigeria after months in custody. All the sailors are currently in the Russian embassy in Lagos, Ambassador Alexander Polyakov announced late Tuesday.

The Myre Seadiver with the 15-member Russian crew was detained after entering the Lagos port for repairs in October on suspicion of arms smuggling.

The Russian side insists that the arms found on board were intended to defend the ship against pirates and had been properly declared.

 


15 Russian sailors still in custody in Nigeria

The 15 Russian crewmates of the Myre Seadiver ship remain in custody in Nigeria, the Russian embassy said on Tuesday.

Earlier, the Lagos Federal Court upheld a bail plea filed by the embassy and the same day a deal was reached to allow the sailors to live in the embassy until the trial ends, Ambassador Alexander Polyakov told reporters.

The next hearing is due on April 8.

The Myre Seadiver was detained after entering the Lagos port for repairs last October on suspicion of arms smuggling.

The Russian side insists that the arms found on board were meant to defend the ship against pirates and had been properly declared.

Voice of Russia, Vesti, RIA

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