Court Extends Judicial Remand of US Ship Crew Till January 31 - The New Indian Express

Court Extends Judicial Remand of US Ship Crew Till January 31

Published: 17th January 2014 10:08 PM

Last Updated: 17th January 2014 10:08 PM

A local court on Friday extended till January 31 the remand of 35 crew members of a private US ship who were arrested on charges of carrying weapons illegally and straying into Indian waters.

The crew of MV Seaman Ohio were arrested by Tamil Nadu Police after the ship was intercepted by Coast Guard on October 18 last year.

They were booked under the Arms Act and also the Essential Commodities Act for "illegal" purchase of diesel from local agents.

Judicial Magistrate, C Kathiravan extended their remand after hearing arguments through video-conferencing, as the crew are lodged in Chennai Puzhal prison and Palyamkottai.

21 foreign nationals among the crew are lodged in the Chennai Puzhal Central prison, while another from UK and 12 Indians are in the Palayamkottai Central Prison in neighbouring Tirunelveli under judicial remand.

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