Tel Aviv (JTA) — A mystery
is developing around a small,
cargo ship of obscure registry,
said to be Israeli-owned, which
was seized by the Greek coast
' Guard off Eastern Crete last
week and alleged to be smuggl-
ing arms from Israel to an un-
The ship's Master, Capt.
ylassis Tzivitzis, who is Greek,
and her chief mate, Leidef Ot-
, mar, identified as Austrian,
were detained at the Cretan port
of Aghios Nicalaos. The crew,
said to consist of seven Turks
and three Filipinos, was con-
fined to the vessel.
Greek sources said the ship
was carrying 280 tons of ammu-
nition and explosives, 25 Israel-
made Uzi submachine guns and
a dismantled Italian-made
Augusta Be! 212 helicopter. Ac-
cording to the sources, the
vessel is owned by a Haifa-based
This ship, Sea Lion, sailed
from Haifa early in March and
called at a Turkish port before
heading west. She was spotted
by the Greek Coast Guard at an-
chor in Cretan waters where her
crew allegedly was painting out
the ship's name.
Reports from Athens said the
Cargo was destined for portugal
and Guatemala. Greek law for-
bids the transportation of arms
and ammunition through Greek
waters without a special license.
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