Ukraine's court for first time orders seizure of foreign vessel for calling in occupied Crimea, - military prosecutor's office

A court in Ukraine's southern city of Odesa has ruled to confiscate a ship detained for visiting occupied Crimea.

Censor.NET reports citing the military prosecutor's office of the Southern region press service.

On March 15, 2017, the Malynovskyi district court of Odesa studied an administrative protocol on the violation of customs regulations with regard to the captain of the freight Tanzanian ship Sky Moon.

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The vessel was detained on Nov. 30, 2016 near the port of Reni on the Danube river by the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine jointly with the military prosecutor's office of Ukraine's Southern region. The court found the captain guilty of bypassing the Ukrainian customs control while carrying more than 3,000 tons of soda ash from the territory of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and ordered the confiscation of the smuggled cargo worth almost 18.5 million hryvnia ($681,577). The court also ruled to seize the ship.

This is for the first time in the history of Ukraine that the court has decided to confiscate a sea vessel.

The captain of the vessel as well as one of the founders of the shipment company, a citizen of Moldova, have already been brought to justice and are to face the Ukrainian court.

Following the results of the investigation, the military prosecutor's office intends to officially inform the Czech authorities about the violation of the European restrictions on trade with temporarily occupied Autonomous Republic of Crimea by a Czech-registered legal entity.
Источник: https://en.censor.net.ua/n432331