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Rena pair released from prison

The two men found responsible for the grounding of the container ship Rena have been released from jail after serving half their sentence.

 
 

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The two men found responsible for the grounding of the container ship Rena have been released from jail after serving half their sentence.

Captain Mauro Balomaga and navigation officer Leonil Relon were jailed in May for seven months.

A Department of Corrections spokesperson confirmed to the Bay of Plenty Times the men had been released from prison.

Upon release they were handed to Immigration New Zealand, and it is understood they will be deported back to the Philippines.

They had both pleaded guilty to a charge under section 65 Maritime Transport Act in relation to operating a ship in a manner causing unnecessary danger or risk to persons or property.

The captain also admitted a charge under the Resource Management Act and pleaded guilty to four charges under the Crimes Act of wilfully attempting to pervert the course of justice.

Relon pleaded guilty to three similar charges, which relate to altering ship documents after the grounding, and a charge under the Resource Management Act relating to the discharge of harmful substances and/or contaminants.

The Rena hit Astrolabe Reef off the coast of Tauranga in October last year, causing oil and containers to spill into the ocean.

The clean-up of debris remains ongoing.

 
 

 

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