HAVANA TIMES — The Public Ministry of Panama plans to auction off ten thousand tons of Cuban sugar under which an undeclared Cuban arsenal carried by a North Korean ship was seized last July trying to pass through the Panama Canal, reported EFE.
The auction was announced this week by Attorney General Ana Belfon, after participating in a community activity Penonomé, where the more than 200,000 bags of Cuban sugar is being stored.
Panama continues to retain the North Korean ship since last July and its 35 member crew. Of these, 32 will be repatriated, and three are facing a legal process, accused of endangering public safety, a crime that carries up to 12 years in prison.
The destination of the weapons (including missiles platforms, two Mig-21 Bis, new aircraft engines and other aircraft supplies) has not yet been determined by the National Security Council of Panama.
A team of UN experts ruled in a preliminary report that the North Korean ship violated the UN resolutions that prevent Pyongyang import or export weapons.