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No Charges Over Russian Ship Arrested in Nigeria

RIA Novosti

16:42 02/11/2012 MOSCOW, November 2 (RIA Novosti) - The Nigerian authorities have yet to bring charges against the 15 Russian crew members on a ship detained over alleged arms smuggling in the southwestern port of Lagos two weeks ago, the deputy head of the company that owns the ship said on Friday.

“No charges have been brought against us so far,” Deputy General Director of Moran Security Group, Vadim Gusev, said. “There is no news yet,” he said adding: “We expect that everything will be settled in the near future.”

The Myre Seadiver was detained in the port of Lagos in mid-October after the Nigerian authorities discovered it was carrying a cache of weaponry, including 14 Kalashnikov AK-47 assault rifles with about 5,000 rounds of ammunition.

The arsenal was on board to protect against pirates who prey on the shipping along the Nigerian coast, Moran Security said.

The vessel has been moved to a nearby naval base. The Russian crew members remain on board awaiting further developments.

Russia's embassy in Nigeria is working to clarify the situation.

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