Deputy explained how 9.5 tons of cocaine got on Russian ship in Cape Verde
The arrested Russians do not plead guilty and are counting on an acquittal verdict.
State Duma deputy from the Murmansk region Alexey Veller met with the arrested Russian sailors in Cape Verde, after which he told the public about how tons of drugs got on the ship. According to the defense, they were forced to take 9.5 tons of cocaine on board after threats against the crew.
The crew captain said that in the Caribbean they were approached by three boats with armed men. They forced to take the cargo on board. Now this version is checked by the investigation. The arrested Russians do not plead guilty and are counting on an acquittal verdict.
According to the deputy, most of the detainees are Murmansk citizens. All 12 sailors are held in prison on the island of Santiago. The conditions of maintenance were assessed by the MP as normal.
Recall of the detention became known in February. In the African Republic of Cape Verde, the Russian ship ESER was detained on suspicion of smuggling a large consignment of drugs. Police officers published photos of 260 seized bales, in which, according to local authorities, there were 9.5 tons of white powder.