The tanker with a british flag was seized by Iran's Revolutionary Guard more than two months ago, the "Stena Empire", has been freed, according to iranian officials.
"The legal process has been completed, and on the basis that the conditions have been met to allow the oil to be released and the oil can move," he said Monday, Ali Rabiei , spokesperson of the government of Iran, according to the official news agency IRNA.
The iranian ambassador in the Uk, Hamid Baeidinejad , has confirmed that the oil is "free to go", in a message on his personal Twitter account: "The oil tanker flag-british Stena Empire, in accordance with the completion of the judicial process and legal, now you are free to go".
The British flagged tanker “Stena Empire”, pursuant to the completion of the judicial and legal process, is now free to leave.
کشتی بزرگ "استناایمپرو" تحت پرچم انگلیس o امروز بعد از تکمیل فرآیند قضایی و حقوقی ج..ا.ایران oh از توقیف آزاد گردید. pic.twitter.com/uamezzBdoa— Hamid Baeidinejad (@baeidinejad) September 23, 2019
The owners Swedish "Stena Empire" have still not confirmed that the boat has been released from the port city of Bandar Abbas , but since the Sunday spoke of the imminent release of the vessel. The decision to release the ship comes a day before a meeting between the president of Iran, Hassan Rouhani , and the british prime minister, Boris Johnson , on the sidelines of the UN general assembly in New York.
The ship was seized on July 19 while passing through the strait of Hormuz after iranian officials will ensure that the had breached the maritime regulations, something that both London as the authorities of the ship denied it.
The crash of the ship, who led the United Kingdom to advise their ships to avoid temporarily the strait of Hormuz, was part of a wave of attacks, sabotage and seizure of ships during the last six months around the narrow waterway through which more than a quarter of the world's supply of oil passes.
The detention of the "Stena Empire" came two weeks after the british Navy incautara the oil tanker iranian "Grace 1" renamed as "Adrian Darya 1", which was released in ago in mid-August.Updated Date: 23 September 2019, 23:01