Switzerland to sue Nigeria over seized oil tanker

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Authorities in Bern are considering legal proceedings after failed diplomatic efforts to secure the release of a Swiss-flag-carrying oil tanker, blocked in the bay of Biafra for over a year.

  • SWI

The San Padre Pio oil tanker, registered with canton Vaud shipping company ABC Maritime, was seized by Nigerian authorities in January 2018, who accused the ship and its crew of violating territorial waters and diesel smuggling.

Over a year later, with diplomatic efforts to release the ship proven futile, Swiss authorities are now planning legal action, reports the SonntagsZeitung newspaper.

The case is set to come before the UN-affiliated International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, it writes.

“Switzerland should make full use of…

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