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3.6.3 CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONS
Drug smuggling constitutes a very serious crime almost anywhere and will lead to criminal investigations being conducted by the authorities. Although the Master and any other persons involved may have the right to remain silent and the right to seek advice from a lawyer before responding to any questions from the authorities, the Master is nevertheless advised to co-operate to the fullest extent with the investigating authorities. He/she should confirm his/her willingness to co-operate but should also ask for a lawyer to accompany him/her during the investigation.
The Master should not direct the crew to lie, destroy, tamper with or hide evidence.
If the Master does so, he/she may be charged with obstruction of justice. If the Master or any other person involved on board is uncertain as to their rights and responsibilities in a criminal investigation, advice should be obtained from the local correspondent or local law office.