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Iran Seizes Boat for Allegedly Smuggling Fuel

Iran Seizes Boat for Allegedly Smuggling Fuel

Saturday, 9 April, 2022 - 09:30
A file picture shows an IRGC speedboat manoeuvring near an oil tanker. (AFP)

Iran’s Revolutionary Guards have seized a foreign boat allegedly smuggling fuel in the Gulf and arrested its 11 crew members, a senior justice official said.

“Naval forces have seized a foreign vessel carrying smuggled fuel in Gulf waters,” said Mojtaba Ghahramani, justice chief for Iran’s southern Hormozgan province.

“Over 220,000 liters of smuggled fuel were seized and 11 foreign crew members were detained for investigation,” he added.

Ghahramani did not specify the date the boat was seized, nor the origin of the vessel or nationality of the crew.

The Guards also captured an “Iranian boat carrying 20,000 liters of smuggled diesel, intended to supply the foreign ship” and arrested three crew members, Ghahramani said, adding the seizure was made in Iranian territorial waters.

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