Indonesian Authorities Seize Tanker Wanted for Oil Theft in Cambodia

The Indonesian Navy said on Wednesday that it seized an oil tanker and its crew suspected of stealing crude oil from Cambodia.

The navy picked up the oil tanker off the coast of Sumatra, three days after Phnom Penh issued an Interpol red notice on the alleged stealing of nearly 300,000 barrels of crude oil. 

The navy reported that the 600-foot tanker was sailing from Thailand to Indonesia but turned off its identification system and anchored in Indonesian territory without permission.

The navy added in a statement that the Bahamas-flagged tanker MT Strovolos was detained in the Riau Islands with its Bangladeshi captain and 18 crew members from Bangladesh, Indonesia, and Myanmar.

“The Indonesian navy will not hesitate to take action against any type of crimes committed within Indonesia’s jurisdictional territory,” the navy said in the statement.

The captain of the tanker could face up to one year in prison and a maximum fine of 200 million rupiahs ($14,000) if convicted on maritime violation charges.

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