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Russian sailors for a long time not to let go of Nigerian prisons

July 14 2005

Russian sailors continue to sit in a Nigerian prison. Court hearing on their case postponed in October because it now before a higher court is an appeal filed by the prosecutor.

Adviser of Russian Embassy in Nigeria, Oleg Vlasov said that the trial of Russian sailors dragged out, with local prosecutors lack the evidence base. Family members and employees of the Russian embassy in Nigeria to provide the fullest possible support to seafarers who are in prison.

Russian sailors are accused of illegally exporting crude oil. The tanker was detained by local authorities in October 2003. First, sailors kept in jail in more or less tolerable conditions, but then the owners of the ship hijacked it from the port. Russians moved to high security prison, and to charges of smuggling added another charge of stealing a ship, reports "Echo of Moscow".

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