İrem UZUN –TDO- The British-flagged tanker seized by Iran’s Revolutionary Guards more than two months ago has been released. Iranian officials stated, ahead of the UN Summit, that “The legal process has finished and based on that the conditions for letting the oil tanker go free have been fulfilled and the oil tanker can move”.
Both Iran's ambassador to the UK Hamid Baeidinejad and Iran's government spokesperson, Ali Rabiei, saidThe British-flagged oil tanker Stena Impero is "free to leave".As the Iranian officials have not indicated when exactly the tanker would actually commence its voyage, Erik Hanell, president and CEO of Stena Bulk, which owns the Stena Impero, told CNN Monday that the tanker is still in the port of Bandar Abbas, in the Persian Gulf.
The ship's seizure in the Strait of Hormuz on July 19 came two weeks the U.K. detained a vessel in Gibraltar that was allegedly carrying Iranian crude to Syria,off the coast of Gibraltar.Gibraltar released that ship, which was then renamed the Adrian Darya 1, in August. The ship has since been accused of sailing to Syria to deliver its cargo in breach of European Union sanctions. Iran says it sold the oil to a private company while at sea.