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Britain intercepts ship carrying Libyan currency

Posted by on March 4, 2011 0 Comment

London, March 4 (IANS) British authorities have seized Libyan currency worth 100 million pounds from a ship that sailed from Britain but failed to dock in Tripoli, an official said.

A vessel, which had been heading to Libya was escorted back to Britain’s Harwich port by the UK Border Agency Wednesday, Daily Mail reported, quoting a Home Office spokesman.

“A number of containers were offloaded from the boat and have been taken under control of UK Border Agency and have been moved to a secure location,” the spokesman was quoted as saying.

“The cargo is understood to contain a significant quantity of Libyan currency which is subject to a UN sanction.”

The official did not disclose the name of the ship and its country of origin.

The seizure come a week after British authorities foiled an attempt by Gaddafi’s allies to export 900 million pounds worth of notes to help the cash-strapped regime of Muammar Gaddafi, who has been facing mass protests against his 41-year-old rule.

Thousands of civilians have been killed in nearly three weeks of protest across Libya. Gaddafi has been facing criticism from the international community and slew of sanctions from several countries including the US and Britain.

Britain imposed a ban on the export of the Libyan dinar Sunday but the seized currency is believed to have left the country before the order came into force, according to the Mail.


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