TEHRAN – Detained by Iran, the British tanker Stena Impero can be liberated within a few days, the legal procedures against it are almost completed. On Monday, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi said.
“The trial against the British tanker is almost complete,” said Mousavi, whose speech was broadcast by Press TV. “It should be released within a few days.”
On July 19, the British-flagged tanker Stena Impero had been detained in the Strait of Hormuz after turning off the receiver of the automatic recognition system and not responding to warnings from the Islamic revolutionary guard corps (IRGC, elite units of the Iranian Armed forces). According to the IRGC, the ship was detained “in violation of international rules” and escorted to shore for inspection. The head of the company – owner of the tanker Eric Honell informed that the team consists of 23 people – citizens of India, Lithuania, Russia, and the Philippines.
In early September, the Iranian authorities allowed seven crew members of the tanker, among them a Russian, to leave Iran and go to the United Arab Emirates. After that, 16 crewmembers remain on Board – this is the minimum to ensure the functioning of the vessel in the event of going to sea.