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Releasing Filipino seafarers sentenced to 4-year prison in Libya on oil-smuggling case

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

Seven crew members of the M/T Levante left the Libyan capital of Tripoli with Presidential Adviser on Overseas Filipino Workers Affairs Abdullah Mama-o.

Mama-o flew to Libya upon instructions of President Rodrigo Duterte and Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. to personally thank the Libyan government and bring the seven back home. The seven OFWs have been held in Tripoli since 2017.

The seven seafarers were sentenced to four years in prison in November for allegedly attempting to smuggle 16 million liters of fuel.

On February 28, the Libyan High Court ordered the release of the seven Filipinos. The seven were among the 20 Filipinos who were arrested after the Libyan Coast Guard boarded and seized the Liberian-flagged tanker while it was anchored in international waters.

The 13 crew members were released in February last year and the Libyan authorities charged the remaining seven.

On Sunday, Mama-o met with the Foreign Minister of the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA), Taher Siala, to deliver a letter from Locsin. He was accompanied by Philippine Embassy Chargé d’Affaires Mardomel Melicor and Philippine Embassy in Kuwait Chargé d’Affaires Dino Lomondot.

Manila Buletin

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