News ID: 313459
Published: 0159 GMT May 29, 2021

Iranian tanker seized by Indonesia released after four months

Iranian tanker seized by Indonesia released after four months

An Iranian-flagged tanker seized by Indonesia in January over allegations of illegal transfer of crude oil has been released, Indonesian officials and Iranian national TV said on Saturday.

Wisnu Pramandita, a spokesman for the Indonesian coastguard, said the Iranian-flagged tanker, the MT Horse, was freed on Friday “conditionally” after a court decision earlier in the week.

The court ruled the vessel could leave Indonesia, while the captain would be subject to a two-year probation without any fine, the spokesman said, Reuters reported.

Iran’s national broadcaster said the vessel had resumed its mission before returning home.

“The MT Horse, belonging to the National Iranian Tanker Company that had been detained in Indonesian waters since January 24, was released,” the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) reported. “This vessel has now resumed its mission before returning to the country’s waters."

The Iranian Foreign Ministry said at the time that the seizure was over “a technical issue and it happens in the shipping field”.

“The MT’s crew, with their sacrifice and firm determination to pursue their mission, safeguarded Iran’s national interests in maintaining the export of its oil and petroleum products,” the tanker company said, according to Shana, the Iranian Oil Ministry’s news agency.

Iran has sold oil by circumventing US sanctions since former president Donald Trump imposed them in 2018.



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