Panama Releases Detained N. Korean Weapons Ship, 3 Crew Still Held

After six months, the Panamanian authorities have released the North Korean ship Chong Chon Gang, which was seized while transporting undeclared weapons.

The vessel will be delivered at the Port of Sherman in Panama’s Colon Province in the presence of the country’s prosecutor against organized crime, Nathaniel Murgas. Additionally, 32 of the 35 detained crewmembers who were aboard the ship will also be released – as they were unaware of the cargo. The remaining 3 crewmen, including the captain, will continue to be held and face charges of arms trafficking.

The crew was being been held in a former U.S. military base in Colon, near where the ship was being held.

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