Peru Requests Extradition of Italian Captain for Oil Spill Investigation

Peruvian prosecutors said they had requested the extradition of the Italian captain of the Italian-flagged Mare Doricum oil tanker, accused of being responsible for the maneuvers that resulted in the spill of thousands of barrels of oil off the coast of Peru.

The prosecutor said that Giacomo Pisani, captain of the Mare Doricum, left Peru on March 9, one day after a hearing prohibiting him from leaving the Peruvian territory.

The Italian company Fratelli d’Amico Armatori, owner of the Mare Doricum confirmed that the captain Pisani had left Peru on March 9.

However, the company said that Pisani decided to return to Italy because he had “no restrictions or prohibitions” to travel, and he had finished his contract with the company.

Prosecutors included Pisani and the local director of Repsol, Jaime Fernández-Cuesta, and the La Pampilla refinery workers among several people under investigation for the alleged crime of environmental contamination. 

”The captain of the ship has relevance in determining what happened that day (of the spill). This only reinforces the lack of leadership and institutional weakening that the State has demonstrated from the beginning in the response to remediate the disaster. And also now to define responsibilities,” Oceana Director Daniel Olivares said.

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