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      Captain of "Audacity of Hope" Under Arrest in Greece

      Greek police arrest "Audacity of Hope" captain on grounds of endangering lives of passengers and sailing without a permit. Irish ship inspected.
      By INN Staff
      First Publish: 7/2/2011, 11:07 PM / Last Update: 7/2/2011, 10:47 PM

      Greek authorities on Saturday arrested the captain of the U.S. ship the "Audacity of Hope" that intended to take part in the Gaza Flotilla aimed at breaking Israel's legal blockade of Gaza, reports CNN. The ship was prevented from sailing on Friday.

      The captain is being held by the police and will be brought before a judge on Tuesday.  The Greek Coast Guard claims he will be accused of attempting to leave the port without proper permits and endangering the lives of the boat's passengers.

      The Turkish daily "Hurryat" reported that inspection of  the technical problem on the Irish boat that was supposed to embark from Turkey to Gaza showed that the source of the problem was not intentional sabotage. The organizers of the flotilla had accused Israel of causing the technical failure.

      Israel's Foreign Ministry reacted with sarcasm to the accusation. "Israel is not a James Bond movie," said Foreign Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor.  "To accuse Israel without any evidence, investigation or inspection by law enforcement agencies is ridiculous and unworthy. If the organizers suspected intentional sabotage, why didn't they turn to the police? What do they have to hide?"