Fri May 10, 2019, 10:09 PM

Amid Protests, Saudi Ship Leaves France Without Arms Cargo

A Saudi vessel that was due to load weapons at a northern French port has set sail without them and headed towards Spain on Friday, a day after a rights group tried to block the cargo on humanitarian grounds.

The Christian Action for the Abolition of Torture (ACAT) sought to block the loading of weapons onto the ship through a legal filing on Thursday, arguing the cargo contravened an international arms treaty.

A French judge threw out their complaint but the Bahri-Yanbu moved off the coast of Le Havre shortly after.

It was not immediately clear what had caused the change of plan.

"The boat has left and without its cargo," Laurence Greig, a lawyer representing ACAT told Reuters news agency.


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