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Ghanaian government confirms the release of ARA Libertad

Tuesday, December 18th 2012 - 22:33 UTC
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Foreign minister Muhammad Mumuni explained the government would send a plea to the judiciary Foreign minister Muhammad Mumuni explained the government would send a plea to the judiciary

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.

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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  • ProRG_American

    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.

    Dec 18th, 2012 - 10:41 pm 0
  • Pirate Love

    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!


    Dec 18th, 2012 - 11:25 pm 0
  • andy65

    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


    Dec 19th, 2012 - 12:03 am 0
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