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Polar Nanoq Causes Debate in Greenland

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Polar Nanoq Causes Debate in Greenland

Polar Nanoq.

Police officers boarding Polar Nanoq on January 18. Photo: Screenshot from RÚV.

The trawler Polar Nanoq from Greenland has caused a political debate in its home country, after 20 kg of hashish were confiscated onboard when the vessel reached harbor in Hafnarfjörður on January 18, RÚV reports.

Two of its crew members were arrested that night, suspected in the death of 20-year-old Birna Brjánsdóttir. One of the suspects in the murder case is also suspected in the drug case. A third crew member was in police custody in relation with the smuggling, but he was released on Sunday.

Greenland’s Minister of Fisheries Hans Enoksen would like to see fishing companies penalized if ships in their operation are found to be involved in smuggling, according to KNR, a news website in Greenland. In addition, he’s calling for increased monitoring by customs officials. Enoksen did not rule out revoking the trawler’s fishing permit. His ideas have not received support from other ministers in the government, who have declined to discuss them with the media.

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