Authorities in Kenya have charged a maritime official who said that the battle tanks aboard Belize-flag MV Faina were destined for southern Sudan, rather than Kenya.
Andrew Mwangura - the spokesman for the Kenyan chapter of the Seafarers Assistance Programme - was charged on Thursday with making alarming statements.
Mr Mwangura was also accused of illegal possession of drugs. He denies both charges.
Police want to hold Mr Mwangura for five days, saying he has vital information they want to question him about.
The claim that the tanks on board the Ukrainian ship were going to South Sudan has been strongly denied by Kenyan and Ukrainian authorities.
The tanks on board the ship were bound for the autonomous government of South Sudan, it is understood, in possible contravention of a peace accord.
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