Ship captain arrested in investigation of arms trafficking to Libya

File photo of a Libya-bound cargo ship in the Mediterranean Sea. (AP)

An Italian prosecutor says the captain of a Lebanese-flagged cargo ship has been arrested in northern Italy for investigation of suspected international arms trafficking between Turkey and Libya.

Prosecutor Francesco Pinto told The Associated Press on Wednesday night that the Lebanese captain of the vessel berthed in the port city of Genoa is under investigation for allegedly delivering rockets, tanks and other military equipment to Libya in violation of a UN embargo.

Pinto says the captain is suspected of carrying out the trafficking with as yet out the trafficking with as yet unidentified Turkish military officials.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 10:05 - GMT 07:05