Thursday, October 19, 2006

German Ship Abducts Customs Officers

Three Polish customs officers were reportedly abducted by a German cruiser that refused the border control orders to stop and left Poland's territorial waters. The three customs officers were detained at the German spa town of Hergisdorf, but released after Polish authorities intervened. The German cruiser Adler Dania was on its way to the Polish Baltic Sea port of Swinoujscie, north of Szczecin.Once in Poland's territorial waters, the officers went aboard to check a suspected illegal cargo of alcohol. The cruiser abruptly sailed into international waters, despite calls to stop, the radio report said. On arrival in Germany, the three customs officers were arrested on "illegal activities" charges but were released soon afterward when the Polish Foreign Ministry became involved, the report said

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