Iran may release UK tanker Stena Impero in several daysReading time 1 min Christian Fernsby ▼ | September 16, 2019
Tehran may release UK-flagged tanker Stena Impero in a few days, there are only several formalities left, the Iranian Foreign Ministry's Spokesman Abbas Mousavi said Monday, Sputnik reports.
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In early September, seven crew members of the detained Stena Impero oil tanker, including a Russian sailor, left Iran.
According to the press attache of the Russian Embassy in Tehran, the shipowner insisted that 16 crew members must remain on board so that the vessel could leave the port after being released.
Stena Impero was seized by the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps in the Strait of Hormuz on 19 July over an alleged violation of international maritime rules. The move came two weeks after Iran's own Grace 1 oil tanker had been seized by UK marines over an alleged breach of the European Union's sanctions on Syria. ■