The crew of a vessel carrying illegal arms appeared before a Court of Appeal on the Greek Island of Rhodes in the Southern Aegean Sea on Tuesday (3 April).
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Background: The crew of a vessel carrying illegal arms appeared before a Court of Appeal on the Greek Island of Rhodes in the Southern Aegean Sea on Tuesday (3 April).
The West German captain of the ship, Ernest Josef Burger, had been sentenced to three years imprisonment. The result of the appeal was to be released some time after the hearing.
The small Cyprus-registered freighter, La Perla, was intercepted by patrol boats on September 9 last year and towed to Kalimnos, a small island north of Rhodes. When searched by sailors from the patrol boats, La Perla's holds were found to contain cases marked "whisky" but containing arms and ammunition. More than five-thousand pistols, two automatic rifles, more than three quarters of a million rounds of ammunition, anti-tank shells and other weapons were among the haul.
Captain Berger had declared the weapons were to be delivered on Turkish soil, but greek authorities suspect the cargo was destined for a Greek Island port. Of the seven-man crew, five are West Germans, one is Lebanese and the seventh a Filipino.
SYNOPSIS: On Rhodes island int he southern Aegean Sea, the crew of a seized freighter appeared before a court of appeal on Tuesday. They had been arrested in September last year when their ship, La Perla, was seized with thousands of firearms and hundreds of thousands of rounds of ammunition concealed in the holds.
The result of the appeal was not due to be released for some time after the court appearance. The West German master of the Cyprus-registered vessel, Ernst Berger, had been sentenced to three years imprisonment.
Five of the crew are West Germane, one is Lebanese and the seventh is a Filipino.