Mary Nour crew given Mexican police welcome

Mary Nour crew given Mexican police welcome
Published: 20 September 2004

Last week, five crew members from "MN" were robbed by the local police, according to an official compliant by the Master of the Mary Nour, Captain Dahl, a Norwegian national. Apparently At 2100 hrs, coming out of the "Filipino Bar" in downtown Altamira they were approached by two policemen in uniform and ordered to show ID. After this they were all ordered up against a wall and body-searched. The two policemen then called for a police-pickup and the five crewmembers were driven to a dark place and robbed by policemen in uniform of a total of $2400. The crew, with the aid of locals then went to a near-by police station where the robbery was reported. The Captain, in a letter to the various embassies involved in this case, has asked for immediate action, noting that the police were all in uniform, while both cars used both clearly identifiable police cars.

On board the Mary Nour, the ship is still being denied fresh water and basic stores, with numerous complaints being put before embassies representing the five nationalities living on board the vessel. The Mexican customs are now being pressurised by a growing voice of dissent in Mexico against this inhumane treatment to settle their outstanding case against the vessel and to finally allow the ship to return to Tampico for discharge.