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Originally posted by unnamedninja
how unfortunate that a ship carrying material as sensitive as that, did not have enough military presence on there to prevent the pirates taking the ship.
A little common sense goes a long way.
Originally posted by Interestinggg
Originally posted by FerTheBetter
so with iran transporting chemical/biological weapons to other countries can this possibly be the smoking gun to get the green light for bush to invade iran?
[edit on 28-9-2008 by FerTheBetter]
No was a Ukrainian registered freighter, carrying Russian weapons they sold to Kenya.
Originally posted by friendforafoe
BUT the ORIGINAL IRAN DEYANAT press piece that talks about the "radioactive materials onboard" (which there isn't any) came out on 11 SEP, not the 28th. People are rehashing articles from unreliable sources (I'm looking at you Andrew Mwangura) and calling it breaking news ... that Times article ripped the text ver batim.
[edit on 29-9-2008 by friendforafoe]
Meanwhile, authorities in Kenya have charged a maritime official who said that the battle tanks were destined for southern Sudan, rather than Kenya.
Andrew Mwangura - the spokesman for the Kenyan chapter of the Seafarers Assistance Programme - was charged on Thursday with making alarming statements.
Mr Mwangura was also accused of illegal possession of drugs. He denies both charges.
"It was supposed to be released, but now they are saying the $200,000 was for facilitation only. They want more money for the ransom," said Andrew Mwangura, of the Kenyan-based East African Seafarers' Assistance Programme.
He said the pirates were angry because when they opened the cargo of the Iranian ship, several Somalis died, while others lost hair and suffered skin burns. "It must have been a very dangerous chemical," he said, without identifying the substance.
"Several different statements have been made to back up this claim, including that of Nathan Christensen, spokesman for the U.S. Fifth Fleet in Bahrain," the Paris-based RSF said, urging Mwangura's immediate release.
"Mwangura received a prize in 2006 from the Chamber of International Commerce ... for his work in defence of sailors and particularly against murder and piracy in east Africa. He has helped obtain the release of several sailors taken hostage."
Mwangura says he gets his information from families of hostages and pirates, plus international maritime groups. But Kenya's government has accused him of being a mouthpiece for the pirates, saying he has suspiciously close ties with them.