By Libya Herald reporters.
Tripoli, 25 March 2016:
A Maltese-based cargo ship was this evening on its way home from Misrata four days . . .[restrict]after its captain had been seized in a dispute over a consignment of horses.
David Bonello, the Maltese master of the Togolese-registered ro-ro vessel Med Patron was held in the port after it was reportedly discovered that 19 of the 64 horses he had delivered from his vessel were dead. It is unclear if he was also detained under any animal cruelty legislation or simply because of the deemed failure to arrive with the contracted 64 live horses.
The Med Patron docked in Misrata on Tuesday. MaltaToday has reported that because of the disputed delivery, the ship was barricaded into its berth by other vessels until compensation of €100,000 was paid.
It has not been possible to contact either Misrata Free Zone nor the Patron Group in Malta to confirm what settlement was reached and that Bonello had been released. [/restrict]