Court finds 9 guilty in trial of Noor 1 ship

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A for­mer shipowner and a ship­ping agent were yes­ter­day found guilty of par­tic­i­pat­ing in the smug­gling of more than 2 tons of heroin into Greece aboard the Noor 1 cargo ship in 2014 but were not con­victed on the more se­ri­ous charge of run­ning a crim­i­nal or­ga­ni­za­tion.

The sen­tences for Makis Yian­nousakis, formerly the owner of the Noor 1, and Gior­gos Bour­dou­valis, the agent, along with another seven de­fen­dants who were found guilty as ac­com­plices are to be an­nounced in the com­ing days. Lawyers rep­re­sent­ing the de­fen­dants have asked for a se­ries of ex­ten­u­at­ing cir­cum­stances to be con­sid­ered in the sen­tenc­ing.

In the sum­mer of 2014, au­thor­i­ties seized 500 ki­los of drugs at Yian­nousakis’s res­i­dence in Filothei, north­ern Athens.

Bour­dou­valis, the agent, was re­spon­si­ble for the cargo ship’s lease, the court heard.

Three Greek, three Turk­ish de­fen­dants and an Ira­nian na­tional were also found guilty, while most of the crew mem­bers were ac­quit­ted.

The shipowner’s ex-wife, her mother and a maid were also cleared of any in­volve­ment in the af­fair.

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