Greece frees US captain of 'Audacity of Hope' flotilla ship

By REUTERS
July 5, 2011 18:27

ATHENS - The captain of a US ship arrested for trying to sail to Gaza as part of a flotilla aiming to deliver aid to Palestinians despite a Greek ban was freed on Tuesday, but three other activists were still in custody.

Greek authorities last week banned ships destined for Gaza from leaving Greek ports to stop the latest flotilla "for their safety".

American John Klusmire, 60, captain of the Audacity of Hope ferrying mostly US activists, was charged with breaching the Greek ban and putting lives at risk after being intercepted last week at sea by armed Greek coastguards.

"He is released, there is no charge against him. He is free to go," Adam Shapiro, one of the organizers of the Free Gaza Movement told Reuters by telephone from the port of Piraeus. "Our destination remains the freedom of the Palestinian people."


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