Iran seizes speedboat for allegedly smuggling 250,000 liters of fuel to UAE

Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps on Monday seized a vessel in the Arabian Gulf for allegedly smuggling 250,000 liters of diesel fuel to the UAE. (File photo: AFP)

Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) on Monday seized a vessel in the Arabian Gulf for allegedly smuggling 250,000 liters of diesel fuel to the UAE, Iran's ISNA news agency reported.

The ship was carrying 250,000 liters of smuggled diesel off the southern Iranian province of Hormozgan, Iran's semi-official Fars agency reported, citing the commander of IRGC Navy's 5th region in the Arabian Gulf, Ali Ozmaei.

“It was detained near Iran’s Greater Tunb island in the Persian Gulf...the crew have been handed over to legal authorities in the southern Hormozgan province,” ISNA said, without elaborating on the nationalities of the crewmen.

Iranian government-owned newspaper “Iran” reported that “in the initial interrogation, the smugglers confessed to collecting and loading their cargoes from the towers in the Quoin Island area.”

The ship was heading to the UAE, Ozmaei told Fars, adding that 11 crew members have been arrested and referred to the judicial authority.

Ozmaei is one of the eight IRGC commanders sanctioned by the US on June 24.

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Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 14:05 - GMT 11:05
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