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Skipper Gets Jail Term for Shipment of Guns

October 29, 1987|United Press International

SAVONA, Italy — An Italian court sentenced an Irish freighter skipper on Wednesday to four years in prison for failing to report a cargo of 14 tons of weapons bound for the Persian Gulf aboard his ship in Savona harbor.

But the court granted skipper John Scallan, 48, of the Arab-owned freighter Fathulkayr provisional liberty pending further investigation. It ordered Scallan's passport to be confiscated and fined him $770.

Investigators said they believe Iraq was the intended destination of the West German and Belgian-made machine guns.

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