Germany Says Turkey interfered in Inspecting Ship Suspected in Smuggled Weapons to Libya

Turkey has prevented German forces from carrying out a full investigation on a Turkish cargo ship that they have suspected of taking weapons to Libya.

Turkey has prevented German forces from carrying out a full investigation on a Turkish cargo ship that they have been suspected of taking weapons to Libya.

According to the General defence ministry, soldiers that were from the frigate Hamburg boarded Rosaline A, the Turkish freighter, but had to abandon checks and withdraw after Turkey had protested to the EU mission.

“By the time the soldiers left the ship, they had not found anything suspicious,” a representative from the German defence ministry said.

According to Turkish security sources, Rosalina-A was carrying various materials such as paint and food. 

The search team had also violated international law because they did not wait for Turkey’s permission.

Der Spiegel, the German spokesman said that Hamburg had intercepted the Rosaline A over 200km north of the Libyan City on Sunday night.

He added that Hamburg was able to follow the standard procedure because they waited four hours for approval from the Germany before boarding. 

It was only when the objection arrived that they finally withdrew. 


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