Iran May Release UK-Flagged Tanker Stena Impero in Several Days - Foreign Ministry

© REUTERS / Nazanin Tabatabaee/WANA (West Asia News Agency)Stena Impero, a British-flagged vessel owned by Stena Bulk, is seen at undisclosed place off the coast of Bandar Abbas, Iran August 22, 2019
Stena Impero, a British-flagged vessel owned by Stena Bulk, is seen at undisclosed place off the coast of Bandar Abbas, Iran August 22, 2019 - Sputnik International
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TEHRAN (Sputnik) - 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.

"The court hearing on this is almost finished, there are several small formalities that will be solved in the next few days and the ship will be released," Mousavi said.

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.

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