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Panama pulls a Pontius Pilate move on Chong Chon Gang

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Well, it was bound to happen... another court washes its hands of the Chong Chon Gang incident.

The arms-smuggling venture between Castrogonia and North Korea is of little interest to the world and also to Panama, where the ruse was discovered.

When all is said and done, these two totalitarian dictatorships will suffer no consequences for their illegal venture other than a small fine and the loss of the weapons they were trying to smuggle.

And they will most likely continue to pull such stunts without anyone noticing or caring about it.

From the South China Morning Post

Panama court frees captain of seized weapon-smugglingN Korean ship 

A Panamanian judge absolved the captain and two other officers of charges stemming from the seizure of a North Korean ship last July for carrying undeclared military equipment from Cuba, a court statement said on Friday.

The court in Colon ruled that the weapons and other equipment should be turned over to Panamanian authorities.

The court ordered the three crewmen of the Chong Chon Gang freed, saying the issue of whether the ship violated a UN arms embargo against North Korea was not a matter for Panama to decide.

The ship’s other 32 sailors were allowed to sail the vessel back to North Korea in February after the owner paid a US $ 700,000 fine.

The ship was stopped as it tried to enter the Panama Canal and was found to hold two Cuban fighter jets and other military equipment hidden under tons of sugar. UN experts determined the ship had violated UN sanctions against North Korea.

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