Russian sailors face Greek trial on cigarette smuggling charges

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The trial of two Russian sailors accused of cigarette smuggling will begin in the Greek city of Chalkida on Thursday, a Russian consulate official told RIA Novosti.

The trial of two Russian sailors accused of cigarette smuggling will begin in the Greek city of Chalkida on Thursday, a Russian consulate official told RIA Novosti.

On Tuesday, Greek authorities detained a Togo-flagged cargo ship which was reportedly carrying 7,900 boxes containing 3.9 million packs of cigarettes from the Egyptian port of Alexandria to the Bulgarian port of Varna.

A spokesman for the Greek prosecutor said the crew had failed to provide customhouse seals proving the legal origin of the cargo.

The 11-member Russian crew was detained on smuggling charges. The captain of the ship and the chief mechanic are to face trial.

ATHENS, January 7 (RIA Novosti)

 

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