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Turkey probes German search of Libya-bound cargo vessel

Turkish prosecutors on Friday launched an investigation into the search of the Libya-bound freighter [Rosaline A] by the German military which Ankara says was illegal.

The chief prosecutor’s office in the Turkish capital described the boarding, which took place on Sunday in international waters, as a breach of international law.

Marines from the German frigate [Hamburg], part of the European Union’s Operation Irini to enforce a UN embargo to stop weapons reaching conflict-torn Libya, boarded the Turkish freighter after orders from the mission’s headquarters in Rome.

However, the commando search was aborted after Turkey protested, asserting that the freighter was only carrying humanitarian aid, which was proven as the inspection found no suspicious cargo.

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