Venezuela Chavez Holds Americans Hostage

Venezuela Chavez Holds Americans Hostage

September 6, 2012

Venezuela Holds U.S. Vessel And Crew On Suspicion Of Arms Trafficking
The Venezuelan government has seized a U.S. flagged ship and detained its captain for more than a week.

Since August 29 the ship Ocean Atlas has been at port in Maracaibo, Venezuela, where it docked to unload a cargo of equipment. Yet after four hours in port, the ship was boarded and searched by armed security personel, and the captain was detained on suspicion of trafficking in arms or drugs.

The rest of the crew of 15 Americans has remained on board under guard.

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