Libya to auction seized ship

The Morning Glory oil tanker is about to be put on auction by Libyan authorities, according to reports.

The tanker was boarded and seized by US Navy Seals in international waters in March 2014 on request of the governments of Libya and Cyprus following its seizure during the same month by three armed Libyans.

The Morning Glory was carrying a cargo of oil owned by the Libyan government National Oil Company, and was illicitly obtained from the Libyan port of As-Sidra, the Pentagon said.

The oil was said to have been taken by a rebel group from the war-torn Libya who were trying to sell the cargo without the government’s consent.

The ship and its crew were taken to Tripoli on March 22, 2014, after the U.S. naval forces handed it over to the Libyan naval authorities. The tanker’s foreign crew comprising of 21 members, six Pakistanis, six Indians, three Sri Lankans, two Syrians, two Sudanese and two Eritreans, were deported following a brief detention in Libya. The destination of the cargo has never been revealed.

The auction is scheduled for Thursday, September 10, according to officials 

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