1 Nov 2002

Company behind stranding of Fiji sailors to be sue by Fiji Government

4:18 pm on 1 November 2002

The Fiji Government is taking punitive action against a copra exporting company responsible for leaving 16 Fiji sailors stranded in Bangladesh since last May.

Radio Fiji reports that the Minister for Labour, Kenneth Zinck, will sue the company, Commodity Traders.

The 16 sailors were abandoned in Bangladesh when their ship was seized by Customs authorities there while on a voyage to deliver copra.

Commodity Traders refused to fly the sailors back home forcing the Government to take on the responsibility at a cost of more than 45 thousand US dollars.

A Labour Ministry official has flown to Bangladesh to accompany the sailors who will arrive back in Fiji next week.