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Cambodia charges tanker crew with 'theft' of crude oil

Government demands extradition from Indonesia where ship has been seized

Cambodia's first oil field. The government says $21 million worth of crude pumped from the concession was stolen by a tanker crew. (Screenshot from KrisEnergy's YouTube channel)

PHNOM PENH -- Cambodia has asked Indonesia to extradite the crew of a tanker who it accuses of stealing $21 million worth of crude pumped from the country's first commercialized oil field.

The ship's manager said earlier this week that the vessel's captain acted to protect the crew's welfare after the company that chartered the tanker failed to resupply it and terminated the charter agreement.

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