Friday, January 20, 2006
Jakarta Police confirmed they had confiscated a foreign ship and arrested six crew members for trying to smuggle ancient artifacts out of Indonesia. The arrest followed tip-offs from the Culture and Tourism Ministry and the Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Ministry, National Police spokesman Brig. Gen. Anton Bachrul Alam said.
He said the Vanuatu-flagged ship, Sirens, was being held at Tanjung Priok Port after ancient artifacts from Cirebon were found on board. The boat's captain did not have a permit from the Culture and Tourism Ministry to carry such items. "The ship had only obtained a permit (to transport cargo) from the Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Ministry," Anton said. He did not say where the ship was headed to from the port. Police found 27 tons of black tin inside the ship along with the artifacts