Iran is ‘preparing to release’ British tanker seven weeks after seizing it in the Strait of Hormuz 

Iran is preparing to release a British oil tanker today after one of its own ships was spotted off the coast of Syria. 

The Stena Impero was stopped in the Strait of Hormuz oil shipping lanes after the Royal Marines seized Iranian tanker Adrian Darya 1 off Gibraltar.  

Iran’s Foreign Ministry said: ‘I hope the procedures will be completed soon and this tanker will be released.’   

Iran is preparing to release a British oil tanker today after one of its own ships was spotted today off the coast of Syria

Iran is preparing to release a British oil tanker today after one of its own ships was spotted today off the coast of Syria

Iran is preparing to release a British oil tanker today after one of its own ships was spotted today off the coast of Syria

The Stena Impero was stopped in the Strait of Hormuz oil shipping lanes after the Royal Marines seized Iranian tanker Adrian Darya 1 off Gibraltar

The Stena Impero was stopped in the Strait of Hormuz oil shipping lanes after the Royal Marines seized Iranian tanker Adrian Darya 1 off Gibraltar

The Stena Impero was stopped in the Strait of Hormuz oil shipping lanes after the Royal Marines seized Iranian tanker Adrian Darya 1 off Gibraltar

In July, Iran seized a British oil tanker near the Strait of Hormuz for alleged marine violations, two weeks after British forces detained an Iranian tanker near Gibraltar accused of taking oil to Syria in violation of European Union sanctions.

The Iranian tanker was later released. Iran this week freed seven of the 23 crew members of the British-flagged tanker.

According to the Sun, a Foreign Ministry spokesman said: ‘We are preparing for the release of the detained British tanker and legal proceedings are nearing completion.’ 

Iranian officials had previously said that some of the crew would be released from the Stena Impero after seven weeks for ‘humanitarian reasons’.

The Iranian tanker was later released. Iran this week freed seven of the 23 crew members of the British-flagged tanker

The Iranian tanker was later released. Iran this week freed seven of the 23 crew members of the British-flagged tanker

The Iranian tanker was later released. Iran this week freed seven of the 23 crew members of the British-flagged tanker

The Adrian Darya 1 was dramatically seized by British Royal Marine commandos off Gibraltar in July but released last month despite Washington’s protests.

Iran insisted the ship and its 2.1million barrels of oil were not headed for Syria, but fears have grown since the tanker turned its tracker beacon off last week.

Now, satellite photos taken by a U.S. space technology firm have shown the Darya off the Syrian port of Tartus.

Experts say the Darya may transfer its cargo to another ship and the U.S. has angrily warned its allies not to help the tanker. 

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