Second officer in Zim Asia accident to be charged

December 27, 2005 17:50


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The Israel Police National Fraud Squad wrapped up its investigation Tuesday into the collision between an Israel Asia Zim cargo ship and a Japanese fishing boat in which seven Japanese fishermen were killed. Police recommended pressing charges against the second officer, a Yugoslavian national, for negligence and breaking maritime laws by not preventing the mid-sea collision. Regarding the captain, Moshe Ben David, police said they found evidence during the investigation indicating that he was also negligent in his job. However, police refrained from making a recommendation to charge Ben David and passed on his file to the prosecution to see if he could be held responsible according to the penal code.

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