Panama: Authorities clash with crew of boat with “mysterious shipment” to North Korea

Posted on July 16, 2013 • Filed under: Cuba, Expatriate Arrested, Expatriates Injured

CNN reports that Panamanian authorities on Tuesday were examining mysterious military equipment found aboard a ship headed from Cuba to North Korea, officials said. Few details of the confrontation were available, but the ship’s North Korean crew of 35 resisted arrest, said Panama’s security minister, Jose Raul Mulino. He described it as “violent,” saying that the crew tried to sabotage the ship by cutting cables on the cranes that would be used to unload cargo. During the struggle with Panamanian authorities, the ship’s captain suffered an apparent heart attack and then tried to kill himself, according to President Ricardo Martinelli. Read article

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