Italian Police Seizes 100 tonnes of Diesel from a Ship Sailing from Libya

On Saturday, the Italian police said they had confiscated over 100 tonnes of contraband diesel from a ship which was from Libya and arrested the captain for money-laundering and smuggling.

A statement from finance police in the Sicilian town of Syracuse said that the ship which was carrying a Togolese flag, carried the fuel in variously hidden cisterns, together with around 11 tonnes of contraband cigarettes.

The captain of the ship is a 25-year-old Indonesian and has been put under house arrest. The four other crew members were also from Indonesia. They were not arrested.

The statement said that on October 26, the ship was intercepted in Sicilian waters and prosecutors in Syracuse are currently investigating exactly where the fuel was taken from and where it was planned to be sold.

Last month, Sicilian police also arrested six people, including a suspected mobster, and issued warrants for three others for operating a Libyan fuel-smuggling ring where at least 30 million euros ($35 million) of diesel was sold in gas stations in Europe and Italy.