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Suspected Libyan mine ship held in France over '79 issue

A French court ordered the impoundment of a Libyan ship suspected of involvement in the mining of the Red Sea, maritime authorities in Marseille said Tuesday night. The Ghat, a freighter owned by the General National Maritime Transport Company of Tripoli, Libya, and now undergoing repairs in Marseille, will not be allowed to leave the southern port until further notice.

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The court's ruling was based on a legal complaint by a private French transport company, Marseille-Fret, which charges that one of its ships, the Rosa , has been held in the Libyan port of Benghazi since 1979.