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Four heroin tanker crew members detained

Four heroin tanker crew members detained

Four crew members of the tanker "Noor One", that was used to smuggle into Greece the mammoth heroin shipments of over two tones seized by the Greek authorities a few days ago in separate sting operations, were remanded in custody following a unanimous decision on Tuesday by the prosecutor and the examining magistrate assigned with the case.

According to Athens Agency News, the suspects, all from India, denied any involvement in the case but were unable to convince the investigating authorities.

Two of the 6 crew members could not testify due to lack of time and will be led before the examining magistrate again on Wednesday.

A 47-year-old Iranian national, the only one of the suspects who voluntarily asked to testify to the authorities soon after the case was brought to light, will testify on Wednesday after asking for more time in order to be represented by an attorney.

Another suspect, a 32-year-old Greek national, and the 42-year-old Indian captain of the tanker will both testify on Thursday.

All are facing criminal organization charges, drug possession and trafficking. A separate case file concerns illegal fuel trade charges filed against certain of the defendants after the discovery on board the tanker of 18 tones of fuel that lacked documents.