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Mangalore: Detained Capt Glen Patrick Aroza Absolved of Charges


Mangalore: Detained Capt Glen Patrick Aroza Absolved of Charges

Daijiworld Media Network – Mangalore (SP)

Mangalore, Mar 27: It is learnt that Captain Glen Patrick Aroza from the city, who was in charge of the Japanese cargo carrier, M T Tosa, and is under detention in Taiwan since about a year, on a complaint that a local fishing trawler had sunk, and two of its fishermen had gone missing, after colliding with his ship, has been absolved of all the charges framed against him. The charge of ‘involuntary manslaughter’ had been framed  against him. Reports say that Aroza has been absolved of all the charges by a three-judge bench on Friday March 26. 

The ship he had captained, had been intercepted midway, and led by the Taiwanese Coast guard to Hua Lien port in Taiwan on April 18, 2009. The second officer of the ship, who is from Bangladesh, who was on navigation watch at the time, and a  Phillipino seaman on look out duty, have also been detained.

The arguments in favour of Capt Aroza were that as per the international law, the ship crew should have been tried only in Panama, under which flag it was sailing at the time, and not Taiwan, as the ship was in the high seas when it was intercepted. The Captain had given charge of the ship to his second officer, and he came to know of the charges only after the Taiwanese Coast Guard approached him, after about ten hours. Hence, it was wrong on the part of the Taiwanese authorities, to have forcibly guided the ship to a port of that country from the high seas, and charging the Captain of the alleged incidents when he was off duty, it was pointed out.

The argument of the Taiwanese authorities that the crew of the ship failed to render assistance to the ship in distress and that the captain had failed to train his second officer, were also found to be not valid, as the trawler in question had not sent out any distress signals.

However, as the bench has given ten days’ time for the prosecution to go for an appeal against this verdict, the captain will not be set free immediately, it is gathered. As the verdict is in Chinese, it needs to be translated word by word into English before it can be properly studied. So, the actual contents of the order are yet to be verified and confirmed.

Capt Aroza was not on duty at the time the alleged incident had occurred in the international waters, and the voyage data recorder of the ship had revealed that it had not come into contact with any vessel during its voyage before being intercepted by the Taiwanese Coast Guard. Allegedly, another Japanese crude carrier, Nippon Yusen Kaisha, had come into contact with the said trawler.

Daijiworld spoke to Manoj, national coordinator for Sailors' Helpline, based in Chennai. He said that the verdict exonerating Capt Aroza could be possible because of wholehearted efforts put in by various organizations and associations working for the welfare of sailors, functioning all over the world. Capt Aroza is not allowed to leave Taiwan as at present. While sounding a word of caution that there might be further delays because of legal requirements before securing Aroza’s release, he expressed the hope that the detained captain will be a free man at the end of the ten-day period given for appeal.

All the Mangaloreans and people of the twin-districts of Udupi and Dakshina Kannada are with Aroza family in praying that the Captain will be released from his detention at the earliest, and that the ordeals of the captain and his family members will come to an end soon.

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  • Cyrus DSouza, Padil/Dallas

    Sun, Mar 28 2010

    We are delighted to know that Glen has been absolved of the charges. We pray for his speedy return home.

    We fondly recollect the time spent with Glen and Preeta on Glen's ship in the Singapore dry docks. He came across as a very inspiring leader to his crew and we are certain that he will go on to great achievements in his maritime carreer.

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  • kim martin, mlore

    Sun, Mar 28 2010

    extremely happy for glen and his family god bless and get back home safe to your loved ones!

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  • Roshan, Mangalore/Kuwait

    Sun, Mar 28 2010

    Happy to read the message that Glen has been absolved of charges. Thanks to Daijiworld. We all hope and continue to pray for your safe release and you may join your family. God is great!

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  • fr.Victor D.Mello, Mangalore/URWA

    Sun, Mar 28 2010

    Happy to receive this Message.. I am sure we will have still more good news during these days.. Our God Is a victorious God... He Will never let down those who trust him and believe in Him... We will continue to Pray.... May there be a happy ending to this painful even....

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  • Augustine Fernandes & Fly, Thottm/Doha, Qatar.

    Sun, Mar 28 2010

    Thanks to the Almighty for His great blessing on Glen and his family by relieving them from all the mental and physical tensions. We can imagine what you were all going through all this time. We were continuously calling Dad to enquire but our calls were not answered. Mom & Dad must have been relaxed now. We continue to pray for you so that evrything goes on well and you will be with your family and friends soonest. Praise the Lord.
    Love... Augustine, Gracy & melinda. Doha-Qatar.

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  • Fr Denzil Lobo SJ, St Aloysius College, Mangalore

    Sun, Mar 28 2010

    I am really happy that Capt Glen Aroza ahs been absolved of his charges. It has been a very painful experience for him and for all his family members. I wish that he is released soon and joins his family members. Glen we wish you all the best.

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  • IvanFernandes, Yedapadavu

    Sat, Mar 27 2010

    Hi Glen,
    We are happy to here this news.
    God Bless you and your family.
    Arun.

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  • SM Kotian, Manipal

    Sat, Mar 27 2010

    LetsPray for him to get free as soon as possible and join his family

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  • vishenth Prabhu, Valencia / . . .

    Sat, Mar 27 2010

    Hey Valson,

    Good comment ! what do you mean ?

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  • Thomas Valder, Bahrain

    Sat, Mar 27 2010

    Kind God will hear your innocent children's prayer.During the Lenten season Jesus will release you from all the odds and you will re-unite with your family soon.

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  • dinesh shetty, Nitte/Dubai

    Sat, Mar 27 2010

    Where is our so called public servents MPs And MLAs,If the same incident happens in other states,all Local MPs n MLAs raised the issues in concerned..anyhow forget our undiveded dist useless public servents..Keep hope in God he will be free man in few days

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  • Miss. Suman , Dubai

    Sat, Mar 27 2010

    Lets pray for Mr.Glen. Let he gets release soon and join his family..

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  • Valson Mendonsa, Mangalore/USA

    Sat, Mar 27 2010

    Very Good! Atleast they good some relief after very long..

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  • Eulalia D'Souza, Bijai / Mangalore

    Sat, Mar 27 2010

    Thank you Daiji for keeping us d on Glen's status. I am sure during this lenten season and Holy Week ahead, let us all pray to God that Glen be released without further delay & arrive home safe. His wife Preethi and entire family must be still shocked on issue coz soon it is going to be a year..!!
    Let us all Pray to God Almighty for Glen's immediate release.

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  • MELVIN PERES KAIKAMBA, KAIKAMBA/BENDORE

    Sat, Mar 27 2010

    THANK GOD. IT IS A GREAT NEWS. WE TOO ARE HAPPY TO HEAR THIS NEWS. IT MUST BE A NIGHTMARE FOR GLEN AND HIS FAMILY. ANYWAY ATLAST TRUTH CONQURED OVER FALSE ALLEGATION! WE PRAY ALMIGHTY FOR QUICK CLEARENCE OF PROCEDURES! GOOD LUCK AND HAPPY EASTER GLEN.

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  • McQueen, Mangalore

    Sat, Mar 27 2010

    i sincerely pray and hope that Glen will be with his family, friends, and folks, ASAP. May we continue praying for his safe return home. Great news by Daijiworld.
    I was wondering what has happened to him, as in, whether he's been released or what.  any idea as to whether he had/has access to his family and what is the treatment meted out to him?
    His younger brother Joslin was my classmate, once upon a time.  Lets pray for Glen's physical, mental and spiritual well being. He must have gone through a lot.

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  • SURESH MAROLI, BENDOOR/BAHRAIN

    Sat, Mar 27 2010

    Thanks God. Our prayers and suppport are with you and your family.

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  • Lancy Moras, Bendur - Jeddah, KSA

    Sat, Mar 27 2010

    God is kind in many ways and this is a best way of God and I pray to the only mighty Lord for the earliest release of my close friend Glen with who I spent almost 10 years. He is kind hearted, soft spoken and generous to the poor and is a good friend in needs and deeds with absolute no doubts. God bless his entire family and his beloved parents.

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  • Queeni Lasrado, Bejai/Mangalore

    Sat, Mar 27 2010

    Praise God. Almighty God will surely free you from all your trials.  The Lord of all grace shall guide you in every step and grant you success in all the walks of your life

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  • siddarth, mangalore

    Sat, Mar 27 2010

    Thank god . We will pray for you Glen

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  • Cony,

    Sat, Mar 27 2010

    Thanks to Daijiworld for publishing such a great news. We pray almighly God to release him at the earliest.

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