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12th September 1985

The High Court in The Hague adjourned the case relating to the release of the Magda Maria as  it was claimed the Dutch Government needed more time to obtain information about the registration of the ship when she was seized by the Dutch Navy in 1981.


29th May 1986

Dutch courts ruled that the Magda Maria could be released, complete with studios and transmitting equipment, but this decision was not formally conveyed to the owners, the Pan Lieve organisation, until September.

28th September 1986

The Dutch Authorities inform the Pan Lieve organisation that the ship was going to be handed back. The ship had not been guarded while it had been impounded and most of the equipment had been stolen, and the ship had deteriorated into a bad condition. The owners of the Magda Maria ordered the harbour authorities to seal the ship, which was being held in Entrepothaven in Amsterdam.


30th March 1989

The Magda Maria was towed into Brugges harbour in Belgium, before being taken to De Brugse Scheepssloperij scrap yard for breaking up.

** December 1982

The Dutch Courts ruled that no operating transmitter equipment could be aboard the ship when she left Holland. Radio Paradijs backers decide to take further action against the authorities

10th  December 1982

The UN Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) treaty opened for signature,. extending internationally recognised territorial waters to 200 miles offshore.

9th September 1985 US President Ronald W. Reagan  ordered sanctions against South Africa.

24th May 1986

Margaret Thatcher became the first British prime minister to visit Israel.

29th September 1986

The Soviet Union released Nicholas Daniloff, an American journalist confined in Moscow on spying charges.

31st  March 1989 The FBI announced it would conduct a criminal investigation into the massive oil spill in Alaska's Prince William Sound.

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