Cairo: Libya will release the crew of the Morning Glory, a tanker that was stopped by the US Navy and returned to Libya for having loaded oil illegally in the east of the country.
"We know very well that the ship's captain was [held under] force and that he thought he was entering a legitimate operation [with permission from the Libyan government]. He was surprised by what happened. [He said] he made several communications, but he was held at gunpoint and forced to fill the tanker with oil and set sail," said federal prosecutor, Al-Sadik al-Sour.
He said three Libyan militia members who were aboard the vessel will continue to be detained for their role in the incident.
Rebels boarded the ship earlier this month in the Libyan port of As-Sidra and forced the crew to fill it with oil and set sail. [25/03/14]