Iran plans to release seven crew members of the detained British tanker

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) —  Sweden’s Stina Black, the owner of the Stena Impero seized by Iran in July, announced the release of seven crew members.

“Seven crew members will be released according to the Iranian authorities,” Chief Executive Eric Hanel said. “But we don’t know when.” The British flag carrier was carrying 23 crew, including 18 Indians. The rest come from the Philippines, Latvia and Russia.

State television announced on Wednesday that Iran would release seven crew members of the detained British tanker Stena Impero.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi told state television the seven, including Indian nationals, were set free on humanitarian grounds and could leave Iran immediately.

“We have no problem with the crew and the captain, but it is about violations committed by the tanker.”

Iran’s Revolutionary Guards seized a tanker, Stena Impero, owned by a Swedish company on July 19 in the Strait of Hormuz for alleged naval violations, two weeks after Britain seized an Iranian tanker off the coast of Gibraltar. The Iranian tanker was released in August.

The detention of the Iranian tanker has raised tensions between Tehran and the West, which began after the United States last year pulled out of the nuclear deal and reimposed economic sanctions on Tehran.


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