Venezuela Drugs: IG Warns On Anti-Seafarer Courts

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Dec 202010

imageThe International Group says that it: “supports efforts by all countries to prevent vessels being used to smuggle illegal narcotics. However, the International Group has become increasingly concerned with what appears to be the indiscriminate and disproportionate application of criminal law in Venezuela in cases where vessels have been targeted by drug smugglers for the carriage of illegal narcotics.

“New legislation to regulate the investigation and potential prosecution of shipowners and crews in such circumstances recently entered into force on 21 October 2010.   The “Organic Drugs Law” (“ODL”), repealed earlier laws and appears to increase the evidential burden and potential penalties imposed on shipowners and their crews.

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