Tuesday, December 18th 2012 - 22:33 UTC

Ghanaian government confirms the release of ARA Libertad

The Ghanaian government confirmed on Tuesday it would comply with the UN Law of the Sea court decision to release the Argentine navy flagship ARA Libertad, impounded in Tema since October 2, over a debt dispute between a US hedge fund and the Argentine government.

Foreign minister Muhammad Mumuni explained the government would send a plea to the judiciary

The announcement was made by the country’s Foreign Relations minister Muhammad Mumuni in a radio interview where he explained that the Ghanaian government would send a plea to its judiciary to reverse the order placed on the Libertad training frigate.

“We will comply with the decision of the Tribunal” the minister said today.

Later in the day Ghana’s Attorney General Benjamin Kunbuor said on a radio broadcast that the Supreme Court must reverse a lower court ruling to impound the ship before the Argentine vessel could be released.

Reports said the ship could be released as early as tomorrow.

In Buenos Aires President Cristina Fernández highlighted the release of the ARA Libertad frigate after being retained for more than 2 months in Ghana, and blasted those who called for the payment to the vulture funds to achieve this.

“I was surprised by the attitude of some people, it was an illegal reaction, almost as similar as having an embassy occupied, but many still said we should pay to get the frigate back,” the Head of State assured.

She also announced her participation at the ceremony at the frigate on January 9, when the tall ship arrives in the country.

The Argentine government on Monday accused the investment funds behind impounding the ARA Libertad frigate of seeking to delay its release.

According to Defence Minister Arturo Puricelli, the investment fund NML Capital Ltd was putting pressure on Ghana in an attempt to hold the frigate, despite the December 15 ruling made by the UN International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea in favour of Argentina.

“The vulture funds are using all means available to find a way to delay application, to see if they can disqualify the ruling” claimed Puricelli.

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1 ProRG_American (#) Dec 18th, 2012 - 10:41 pm Report abuse
There can be no other way. The way of International law. After this little screw up by Ghanas justice sustem I do hope that the Ghanan Government passes into law the requirement that their judges be profficient in the subject.
2 Pirate Love (#) Dec 18th, 2012 - 11:25 pm Report abuse
no need to delay departure any longer for the ARA “heap of sh*t”,the damage has been well and truly done, Argentina embarassed on the world stage by little ole Ghana, Argentinas government seen to be vulnerable and incompetent yet again. one of many argentine asset seizing ventures in past years, with the promise of many more to come, o happy days, o happy days!

I wonder will Argentinas newly released vessel be visiting Queen Elizabeth Land, in homage to her Royal Heirness Queen Elizabeth?? :)) more to the point would it even get their?

God save the queen!

3 andy65 (#) Dec 19th, 2012 - 12:03 am Report abuse
Come on Vuture funds come up with somethying else to piss of these criminal thiefs ARGENTINES i wish them nothing but bad.
Lets hope The British Royal Navy sinks this rust bucket in The Atlantic

4 Stevie (#) Dec 19th, 2012 - 12:10 am Report abuse
Pirate Love and andy
Your outrage is as sad as it is hilarious, keep it coming, let it all out.

Soon enough you will be shouting for Argentina to respect international law.

I surely don't hope the hedge funds get anything, anything at all. That said, Argentina should fulfill her duties with the rest of the bond holders, as she is doing.
5 briton (#) Dec 19th, 2012 - 12:18 am Report abuse
And when this ship arrives back in argie land,
the world will never hear the end of it,
CFK victory,, CFK victory,

one in a million aint to bad lol.
6 Pirat-Hunter (#) Dec 19th, 2012 - 12:40 am
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7 andy65 (#) Dec 19th, 2012 - 01:11 am Report abuse
@Stevie not sure where you are but old Crissy is looking for muppets like you she needs all the support and love she can get JUST SAYING
8 ProRG_American (#) Dec 19th, 2012 - 01:13 am Report abuse
I love to see you all Brit Turnips Squirming and regurgitating over this. WHOOOOO! It sends chills all over my body. I believe that I am getting goose bumps.
9 Captain Poppy (#) Dec 19th, 2012 - 01:40 am Report abuse
Well the comedy show was fun while it lasted. I can hardly wait for the next show. Though we know argentina was not embarrassed as we all know that takes something argentina does not have to be embarrassed. When you take 100 billion dollars from people and steal 70 billion by only giving back 30 billion.....yes....argentina is incapable of embarrassment. She reneges on treaties, default on contractual debts, steals from her own citizens, calls people of argentina liars about crime, she gets what she deserves. If argentina is happy in the world of Oz.......good. But why complain about lemons and beef with the USA?
10 Terence Hill (#) Dec 19th, 2012 - 01:58 am Report abuse
1 ProRG_American; 6 Pirat-Hunter

Both courts are right, the system works, you are simply showing your ignorance.
Ghanian judge was dealing with an issue that was pertinent to his remit.
Does the law of Ghana allow the claimant the excise of a judgement under contract law from a foreign jurisdiction? Which it did. Argentina's claim was under the law of the Sea was that its waiver was null and void. It appears that the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea gave more weight to the potential of conflict between the two countries than any other issue. Beside this was new law to be decided as this same issue had not been adjudicated before.
11 Marcos Alejandro (#) Dec 19th, 2012 - 04:12 am Report abuse
Victory for Argentina, tissue for the thief Mr. Singer and the crying Brits on this site.
12 Troy Tempest (#) Dec 19th, 2012 - 06:01 am Report abuse
@06 Pirat - ALEX VARGAS

“ We don't like shoe shiners that much specially when all they do is shine the shoe of the english man. ”

ALEX, you are quite the racist aren't you.

Speaking as an “Englishman”, I wish we had let more people from Africa into Canada, instead of an ungrateful bigot who feels entitled to abuse our hospitality.
13 CJvR (#) Dec 19th, 2012 - 08:26 am Report abuse
Ah well this to shall end , no doubt KFC will soon come up with some new stupidity to entertain and amuse the world.
14 Orbit (#) Dec 19th, 2012 - 08:43 am Report abuse
What I'm loving is all the CFK supporters claiming this as a 'win'. It's like losing 20 nil and celebrating that your latest own goal was ruled out because of an infringement by the opposition, or hitler sitting in his bunker in 1945, claiming a single Russian tank breaking down is a major victory.

I can also confirm that we won't be withdrawing the laughter we've had at your expense these past 3 months; that has been banked.
15 Shed-time (#) Dec 19th, 2012 - 08:54 am Report abuse
@14 This story was very good value though. It made the Argentines look like completely incompetent fools inside and outside of court. Their legal discussion was woeful, and to be fair if it wasn't for the likelihood of conflict (people on board shooting the dock-workers), then I very much doubt that it would have ever been released.

This is a good story just keeps on giving.
16 reality check (#) Dec 19th, 2012 - 09:06 am Report abuse
@1Poorarg yank

There's no way your an American, not in a million years.

“I do hope that the Ghanan Government passes into law the requirement that their judges be profficient in the subject.”

State controlling the judiciary, yeah, very, very American!
17 willi1 (#) Dec 19th, 2012 - 10:06 am Report abuse
the ghana government makes a PLEA to the court. who says that the court has to follow that plea? it is like the amicus curie in the US, where the us goverment also intends to assist arg crooks government gang instead of their own people.
hopefully the funds find reasons for a further impoundig.
18 Yuleno (#) Dec 19th, 2012 - 10:43 am Report abuse
So Ghana is a puppet of yankey moneybags.They showed Ghana as a state which can be bribed to engage in illegal aggression.Will the vulture funds be brought to book.Not at this time,they will continue to be allowed to lead the neo-liberal agenda of changing people into factors of production with no other value but only a cost which they have to pay.This admission of failure might just alert more people to the heart of neo-liberalism and its ideology.
Ghana is not alone as countries which can be manipulated by interests from outside its borders.There are many and Eygpt is struggling to establish the relationship it's people will accept with these interests.Hopefully these interests will suffer a setback there.
19 reality check (#) Dec 19th, 2012 - 10:43 am Report abuse

Victory indeed !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The Greeks have THERMOPYLAE.

The Israelis have MASSADA.

The Americans have THE ALAMO.

The British have RORKES DRIFT.

The Chinese have THE GREAT MARCH.

The American Indians have the LITTLE BIGHORN.

The French have VERDUN.

The Russian have STALINGRAD.

The Anzacs have GALIPOLI.

The Vietnamese have DIEN BIEN PHU.

The Koreans have PUSSAN.

The Japanese have the KAMAKAZI.

The Macedonians have the ALPS.

You have the LIBERTAD.

Enjoy the sweet taste of VICTORY !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
20 Rufus (#) Dec 19th, 2012 - 10:51 am Report abuse
The Ghanaian government will query the decision of the court, and will want something in writing, so they can't be seen to be liable. When they get it then Libertad will presumably be free to go. Whether it'll be in good enough shape to make it back across the Atlantic is another story. I think it's generated all of the goodwill that the trip was ever going to.

So when is Argentina going to be taking MTU to court to get them to repair their broken-down corvette that is stuck in South Africa, on credit, when they haven't paid their previous bills?
21 lsolde (#) Dec 19th, 2012 - 11:05 am Report abuse
Perhaps the Libertad could tow the broken-down warship from Africa to home!
Come past the Falklands, we could do with a laugh!
22 Captain Poppy (#) Dec 19th, 2012 - 12:44 pm Report abuse
What still remains as the most mind boogling thinking is that the group of people that have a valid contract in their hands representing money that was given to the government of argentina are considered theid for trying to collect it.
23 Simon68 (#) Dec 19th, 2012 - 01:28 pm Report abuse
Up to this moment I can find no reference to the Ghanaian court releasing ARA Libertad, quite the reverse in fact NML has presented a amplation to the Appeal Court which has been granted because there is NO Argentine legal representation!!!!

I seriously do hope that CFK hasn't counted her chickens before they have hatched by telling us that Libertad would be arriving in Mar del Plata on 09/01/13!!!!!
24 Yuleno (#) Dec 19th, 2012 - 01:31 pm Report abuse
You are right Poppy.Its either a default on debt or not.Getting assets seized is aggression which is used but should have backing in law.Otherwise its piracy,ask the Somalis.We need a war on terror don't you know.
Where you talking about yourself and your mind boggling old soldier?
25 Captain Poppy (#) Dec 19th, 2012 - 02:20 pm Report abuse
As usual yulena you make no sense. But perhaps to a communist it makes sense. When you borrow moeny and pledge assets as collateral, the creditor has the legal right to attach and take those assets. You your world, government just take assets from anyone regardless of pledges.
As for piracy.....stealing 70 billion dollars that was given to argentina is definititively “financial piracy”.
I still get a chuckle of you reference to me as an old soldier. You still must wonder why I am a Captain yet that is unknown to you as is my age.
I wonder where asslips “the cunt” kirchner keeps that 70 billion?
26 briton (#) Dec 19th, 2012 - 02:23 pm Report abuse
8 ProRG_American (
I love to see you all Brit s Squirming and regurgitating over this.
Its not our problem.
Its your ship,
And its not home yet..
You Argies break every rule in the book,
Then cry when other do it to you,
Ghana should just sink it.
Accidents do happen.ol.
27 Orbit (#) Dec 19th, 2012 - 02:27 pm Report abuse
@21 I hope so Isolde ... now that we know its definitely a warship (don't be fooled by the 19th century looking mast thingies, they are part of an ultra-modern cloaking device that makes it invisible to radar. And bailifs (or so Timerman thought)), any passage through Falkland waters will be treated as an act of aggression.
28 briton (#) Dec 19th, 2012 - 02:31 pm Report abuse

HMS elizabeths new bridge,
if only ghana had waited,
29 reality check (#) Dec 19th, 2012 - 02:43 pm Report abuse
Love what her new captain says about it being clearly indentifiable as a fighting ship.
30 Pete Bog (#) Dec 19th, 2012 - 03:16 pm Report abuse
“crying Brits on this site.”
Yes mate, crying with laughter, this has made Argentina look such fools.

Well now you can giive us a bigger laugh and announce that your flagship is going to launch an invasion against the Falkland Islands to give the Falkland Islands fishery patrol vessel some target practise (Royal Navy not needed to defend against the ARA 'Tard').
31 Captain Poppy (#) Dec 19th, 2012 - 03:25 pm Report abuse
Briton, what's different about this carrier? I often see you Brits boosting of her. Is it a new class?
32 reality check (#) Dec 19th, 2012 - 03:30 pm Report abuse

It's got aircraft!!!!!!!!!!!
33 Rufus (#) Dec 19th, 2012 - 03:54 pm Report abuse
@31 Captain

HMS Queen Elizabeth will be the first of a new class (they've already started building the second (HMS Prince of Wales) as well).

It'll be the first full size fleet carrier (as opposed to the through-deck-cruisers/light carriers/ASW carriers/whatever the Navy has to call them to get the money out of the politicians) that the UK has launched in more than 50 years.
It's also the biggest (at least in terms of displacement) carrier that we've ever built by a considerable margin.
34 GeoffWard2 (#) Dec 19th, 2012 - 04:15 pm Report abuse
The Argentinian flagship, Libertad - though it is a ship-rigged sail training vessel - does have four cannons - 47mm salute guns.

The Argentinian normally fire blanks,
but this flagship will be allowed into waters of TFI by invitation only
.. because you can never be sure if the Argentinian blanks have been supplemented with mini-cannonballs.
35 Captain Poppy (#) Dec 19th, 2012 - 05:21 pm Report abuse
I assume than it's like a the USA Nimitz class carrier? We have a new class coming out....the Gerald R. Ford. Same hull.....but eletro mag catapults, ner reator designs, stealthier.
36 Spainexpat (#) Dec 19th, 2012 - 05:56 pm Report abuse
El Libertad has just left Ghana. www.reuters.com/article/idUSBRE8BI15Q20121219
37 Raven (#) Dec 19th, 2012 - 07:11 pm Report abuse
@ 35 Captain Poppy

The Royal Navys' new ship is more a larger version of what we had before in a way. No cats/traps so we await the F35B Stovl to be delivered after some bureaucrat decided ditching Harriers early was a good idea. I just hope it isn't another F111. Overpriced, delivered late and not as good as it was meant to be. The Harrier is still a good aircraft, even after all these years, as the US Marine Corps well know.
38 Chicureo (#) Dec 19th, 2012 - 08:01 pm Report abuse
Well this is a good end to what could have been a disaster. As much as I enjoy the endless pursuit of Paul Singer to harass the Argentinian government, I felt very sad for the officers and crew stuck in port over the mad empress without clothes stupidity.
39 Shed-time (#) Dec 19th, 2012 - 09:07 pm Report abuse
@38 seriously, you don't see this as a disaster? It was a massive PR smash in the face for the Argentinian government, and showed them to be a complete set of clowns, to which only the moscow state circus could boast a greater number. Their lack of diplomacy was frightening, and some high up politicians were made to look like utter tits.

I understand you mullet-strokers are completely lobotomized by La Campora but I can assure you, real people think this was not a success.
40 briton (#) Dec 20th, 2012 - 01:36 pm Report abuse
35 Captain Poppy
yes as others have stated, a new class,
aparently the goverment will, retain both carriers,
so eventualy we will have two large carriers,
and two helicopter carriers,

the ocean, is being upgraded in devonport as we speak,..
41 Yuleno (#) Dec 20th, 2012 - 03:16 pm Report abuse
39# shed(that you need to stay out of)
How are Nml going to proceed now to get the face value of what they hold.Not by getting stooge states to hold argentine military equipment will it.How much have they earned in their so-called PR stunt.Argentina acted legally at all time.That contradicts the portrait of the state some are trying to convey to the world.What has it done for the image of Ghana?
It is great to see you loser trying to get all intelligent and give reasons as to why a catastrophic defeat is a victory.Keep trying but poppy is most disappointed.He was going to buy the Libertad to sell his organic spinach from.
42 GeoffWard2 (#) Dec 20th, 2012 - 05:06 pm Report abuse
Ghana comes out of this as would any nation tied up in the complexity of this international baliff action.
They facilitated the Law of the Sea ruling, and abided by its provisional decision - happily getting shot of the troublesome boat and its gun-toting crew.
Quite frankly, I think the crew were lucky that the Ghanian military did not respond to the Argentinian gun-toting at the baliffs on Ghana's sovereign territory.
It sounds like we disagree on this.
43 Yuleno (#) Dec 20th, 2012 - 06:21 pm Report abuse
It does sound like we do not agree.As I understand,if you are asked to act for a third party,you are responsible for accessing whether to act or not.Either in your own self interest as a gain or loss,and as a legal act.If it is not legal you should not act,unless there is a gain which counters its illegality.
Ghana did not act legally and did not act neutrally.They didnt need to provoke anything.
44 Captain Poppy (#) Dec 20th, 2012 - 06:50 pm Report abuse
Yuleno if the original bondholders did not sell to NML and still held the bonds.....would they be vultures too for not being robbed of 70% of what they gave to argentina?
45 briton (#) Dec 20th, 2012 - 07:04 pm Report abuse
we wonder, if the boot was on the other foot,
would CFK do as Sea court decision ,
and release the ship, ?
46 Yuleno (#) Dec 20th, 2012 - 08:23 pm Report abuse
Poppy you are a reactionary fool aren't you.Have you sold good organic food today.That would be some mitigation.
If I buy short dated food can I take it back when its past it date.You'll have an answer or maybe a riposte of equal value.
47 Captain Poppy (#) Dec 20th, 2012 - 09:31 pm Report abuse
Ok just say I am not anwsering your straight question and that you prefer to be the continual nobody that you are. As always you fail to anwser simple, straight forward questions. When questions are asked of you, something you do often that has nothing to do with anything of relevance, you claim reactionary and simular accussations.
I guess communist antiques like you just hate answering a straight forward question about argentina's financial piracy. Perhaps it is beyond your ability to be allowed to answer that question. Perhaps you've been cuckholded too long by maximo kirchner.
48 Troy Tempest (#) Dec 20th, 2012 - 11:09 pm Report abuse
@47 Captain Poppy

“I guess communist antiques like you just hate answering a straight forward question about argentina's financial piracy. Perhaps it is beyond your ability to be allowed to answer that question. Perhaps you've been cuckholded too long by maximo kirchner.”

Heh heh heh !!
49 ProRG_American (#) Dec 23rd, 2012 - 04:47 pm Report abuse
La Nacion and C5N have confirmed that ARA Espora has sailed from South Africa and is headed towards the Brazilian coast where it will join ARA Libertad to escort it into Mar Del Plata Naval base on January 9, 2013.
50 British_Kirchnerist (#) Dec 24th, 2012 - 07:33 pm Report abuse
Good news

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