Armed guards legality questioned

Confusion over legality.

Military presence on merchant vessels prohibited: Navy commander

Liza Yosephine

Navy chief Adm.Ade Supandi has said he is not certain the government’s plan to provide security involving armed military personnel on board coal vessels traveling in areas prone to piracy can be implemented.

He said sea security operations for trading vessels on their routes to destination areas was regulated by the International Maritime Organization (IMO).

In prevailing rules, the commander said, there were articles that prohibited the placement of military personnel on merchant vessels, although some countries allowed the use of weapons on board.

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