UK-flagged, Sweden-owned oil tanker Stena Impero, seized by Iran, could be released soon after the completion of legal proceedings against the tanker, Iranian state television reported on Sunday September 8th.
Iran seized the tanker near the Strait of Hormuz for alleged marine violations two weeks after the then Grace 1, an Iranian tanker, was seized near Gibraltar for allegedly shipping oil to Syria in violation of EU sanctions.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi told Iranian state TV that “I hope the procedures will be completed soon and this tanker will be released”.
Iran has since freed seven of the 23 crew members of the Stena Impero tanker – one Russian, one Latvian and five Indian nationals .
A Russian embassy official in Tehran has said that the remaining 16 crew members would remain on the ship “until the fate of the tanker itself is decided”.