Seafarer detained in Libya dies of a heart attack

An Azerbaijani seafarer has died of a heart attack while being held in detention in Libya.

The man was working on a Turkish controlled bunker tanker, Captain Khayyam, which was detained off the Libyan coast last month, having been charged with illegally taking fuel from the country.

After significant diplomatic wrangling the corpse of the deceased has now been returned to Azerbaijan via Turkey.

The other crewmembers, a mix of Azerbaijanis, Turks and Ukrainians, are set to face trial on April 11. Their current jail conditions are described as squalid.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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