UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi said the tanker carrying British work, Stena Impero, which has been held by Iran for two months, has been given final permission to leave.
“The lifting of the detention of the Stena Impero was completed today,” he wrote on Twitter, following measures coordinated by the Foreign Ministry, the judiciary, the Iranian port and naval authorities.
However, he said a legal case “still pending” and “the ship’s captain and owners have signed a written obligation to accept the verdict” to be issued at the end of the proceedings.
On Monday, government spokesman Ali Rubaie said the “legal process was over” and the ship owned by Sweden could leave.
But Erich Hanel, chief executive and owner of Stena Black, denied on Tuesday that the tanker had left Iran, saying it was still awaiting permission.
Iran seized the tanker in the Strait of Hormuz and took it to Bandar Abbas with 23 crew members. Four of them were released on 4 September.
The tanker was detained 15 days after the detention of the Iranian tanker “Grace 1” off the coast of Gibraltar. She was detained on suspicion of transporting oil to Syria in violation of European sanctions.
After the tanker was allowed to sail on August 15, the Iranian-flagged ship left Gibraltar on 18 August, despite Washington’s last-minute request to ban it and then put it on the US blacklist.
The detention of a diplomatic crisis between Tehran and London, fueled by the detention of Iran in the Gulf three oil tankers, including “Stina Impero.” Iran denied it was a response.
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