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Iran says seized British-flagged tanker ‘free’ to leave

TEHRAN: Iran said on Monday that a British-flagged oil tanker is “free” to leave more than two months after it was seized in the Gulf. Government spokesman Ali Rabiei said in a news conference that the legal process has finished and the conditions for letting the tanker go free have been fulfilled. He did not specify when the Swedish-owned vessel would be allowed to set sail. The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps surrounded the Stena Impero with attack boats before rappelling onto the deck of the tanker in the Strait of Hormuz on July 19. The vessel was impounded at Iran’s Bandar Abbas port for allegedly failing to respond to distress calls and turning off its transponder after hitting a fishing boat. Stena Bulk, the company that owns the tanker, said on Sunday that it expected the vessel to be released soon.

AFP


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