Captain Laptalo acquitted ! What about our seaman in Panama ?

Captain Laptalo acquitted ! What about our seaman in Panama ?

12/10/08 | by admin [mail] | Categories: Articles

Croatian Captain Kristo Laptalo, who was imprisoned for the charge of drug smuggling, was finally acquitted and set free by the appeal court on the 27th November 2008 after a 16 month long ordeal in a Greece prison.
Previously on the account of command resposnibility captain Laptalo was sentenced to 14 years in prison.
However, the appeal court found no evidence to link the Croatian captain with the drugs found on board stating that the shipping company, not the captain, was responsible for the drugs getting onto the ship.

Captain Laptalo’s case received a lot of media attention whereas a similar case of our seaman charged for drug smuggling in Panama received only a marginal coverage.

In the Panama case the drugs were found attached on the hull of the ship and the Master Loris Šubat and Chief Officer Duško Tanurdžić were charged with command responsibility for they should have known that their ship was transporting drugs ?!

The bail was paid and our seamen are currently in a hotel in Panama awaiting trial appearance.

Master Loris Šubat and Chief Officer Duško Tanurdžić are in Panama since May 2008 and hopefully they will be acquitted to come home by the end of the year !

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