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Ghana court says it will rule on seized Argentine ship on Thursday

The case of the seized Argentine naval ship ARA Libertad was heard by an Accra Commercial Court which will rule Thursday on whether to release the vessel to its creditors after it was impounded on arrival last week at the Port of Tema.

Officials of the Ghana Ports and Harbors Authority (GPHA), which runs Tema Port, seized the ARA Libertad on the orders of a United States court and said they would only release it after a court order to do so. The authority said last week the vessel was kept because of an injunction placed on it for debts owed.

Justice Richard Adjei-Frimpong heard arguments from attorneys of both the creditors and the Argentine government Tuesday and said he will give his ruling Thursday. He then adjourned the court.

[Source: The Wasington Post, Accra, Ghana, 09Oct12]

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