0807 GMT October 06, 2022
The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps’ (IRGC’s) Navy seized a vessel carrying more than 22,000 liters of smuggled fuel in the Persian Gulf, said an Iranian judicial official on Sunday.
Hormuzgan Province’s Chief Justice Mojtaba Qahremani added that upon detecting the launch, the IRGC’s naval forces, in coordination with local judicial authorities, seized it and impounded the smuggled cargo, IRNA reported.
He said the punishments for the organized fuel smugglers in the country include financial penalties, jail, confiscation of illegal properties, adding that the seized launch will be handed over to the Iranian government.
On Wednesday, Qahremani said another vessel carrying over 277,000 liters of smuggled fuel from Iran to a regional state had been sized in the Persian Gulf waters.
He added the seizure took place at the order of Qeshm’s prosecutor general after the naval forces based on the Persian Gulf island identified the launch with the smuggled fuel onboard, Mehr News Agency reported.
The official noted that the smuggled cargo was being transferred to a Persian Gulf littoral state, noting the smugglers had covered the vessel’s hull with barbed wire to prevent the seizure of the consignment.
Qahremani gave the assurance that all 12 crew members have been arrested and are undergoing legal procedures, saying the value of the impounded fuel cargo stood at close to $200,000.