Second officer in Zim Asia accident to be charged

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.