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Iran releases some of crew of UK-flagged ship Stena Impero

ISNA - Iranian Students' News Agency

Wed / 4 September 2019 / 15:28

Tehran (ISNA) – Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman, Seyyed Abbas Mousavi announced on Wednesday that Iran has released some of the crew members of the UK-flagged oil tanker Stena Impero which was detained weeks ago due to violation of maritime regulations.

"Some of crew members of the ship were released and would be allowed to leave Iran and turn back to their countries," Mousavi said.

"We don't have any problem with crew and captain of the ship. The ship has been stopped because of it violation of laws and it is natural to detain the crew with the ship," he added.

"Following the detention, consular status and individual permits of the crew were reviewed".

"After further consideration and also for humanitarian grounds, some of the crew were allowed to leave the ship and return to daily life," Mousavi went on to say.

On July 19, IRGC detained the British-flagged ship, Stena Impero, in the Strait of Hormuz for failing to stop after hitting an Iranian fishing boat, a violation of international maritime rules.

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