Polish captain cleared of all charges in Mexico

Captain Andrzej Lasota, imprisoned in Mexico in 2019 on charges of alleged involvement in cocaine smuggling, was acquitted by a court in Ciudad Victoria, in the north-east of Mexico.

“The Consul of the Republic of Poland in Mexico participated in the hearing and continues to provide all necessary assistance to Captain Andrzej Lasota,” the Ministry of Foreign Affairs reported, adding that from the beginning of the Pole’s imprisonment it had been in contact with him and was working towards his release.

The Pole was arrested despite the fact that it was on his initiative that the Mexican police were informed about the suspected cargo found in 2019 on the UBC Savannah ship, which arrived in Mexico from Colombia. Mr Lasota was facing up to 10 years in prison for illegal drug smuggling.

“Good news from Mexico. Captain A. Lasota, who was accused of smuggling, has just been cleared of all charges. He may leave the detention. We are working to ensure that he can return to Poland as soon as possible. The consul was there, supporting the captain throughout the trial. Thanks to the MFA!” Polish president Andrzej Duda wrote on social media.