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Danica Sunrise guards cleared of suspicion

The Indian authorities have now completed their investigation of m/v Danica Sunrise, docked near Mumbai. Two guards on the ship had been under suspicion for trying to smuggle weapons for terror purposes. After several days of thorough search, the Indian authorities now conclude that the suspicion against the two guards was unfounded.

The investigations were initiated Sunday, 17th April 2011, when the Indian authorities apparently received a tip that the two named guards were planning to smuggle a large quantity of weapons and ammunition to Raigad for terror purposes.

The two guards, who are British citizens and former soldiers, were hired as armed guards to protect Danica Sunrise against pirates on the journey from Kuwait to Mumbai. Their tenure expired in Mumbai and they have now returned to the UK.

The crew had all the required permissions to carry the weapons on board the ship in international waters. But when they neared Mumbai and the guards were bound to return home, they decided to throw the weapons overboard. A practice that is not unusual in these situation because of the comprehensive paperwork related to import and export permits for weapons.

“The terror suspicion has been a stressfull experience for the crew members. But right from the beginning they chose to cooperate with the Indian authorities, and this approach probably helped shorten the process,” explains Jørgen Folmer, director of H. Folmer & Co.

Danica Sunrise has not been formally detained at any time.

For the time being Danica Sunrise is still docked near Mumbai, waiting for the next cargo.

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