x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 24 January 2018

Sailors jailed three years for springing a leak in UAE waters

Five seamen have been jailed for pollution, smuggling oil and illegal entry into UAE waters.

Five sailors have been sentenced to three years in jail and each fined Dh150,000 for polluting sea water.

The UAE coast guard intervened two months ago when a leak sprung in the men's boat as they unloaded its cargo of fuel intended for sale to local merchants. A subsequent investigation found the boat was not fit for transporting the fuel.

Ras Al Khaimah's Criminal Court found the five Arabs guilty of polluting sea water, smuggling oil derivatives into UAE waters, entering UAE waters without a permit and sailing an unlicensed boat, according to Al Ittihad, The National's Arabic language sister newspaper.