GLOBAL ONE NEWS (G1) — The Filipino seafarers who were detained in Libya for allegedly smuggling fuel have been freed.
The Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Monday, Mar. 4 confirmed the acquittal of seven seafarers following the ruling of a Libyan court.
They were reportedly sentenced to four-year jail time “for allegedly attempting to smuggle” 6 million liters of fuel in August 2017.
DFA said they are among the 20 Filipino crew members held by the Libyan authorities after its coast guard “boarded and seized the Liberian-flagged tanker while it was anchored in international waters.”
Thirteen of them were released February last year while the seven others — all officers — were charged in November.
The seafarers denied allegations of what the North African country described as “alleged economic sabotage.”
DFA is now coordinating with Libyan authorities for the repatriation of the seven seafarers.