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IRGC seizes foreign vessel smuggling fuel in Persian Gulf, arrests entire crew

Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) has confiscated a foreign vessel smuggling thousands of liters of fuel into the Persian Gulf region and arrested all crew members, a senior official said. iranian justice

Mojtaba Ghahramani, head of the justice department of the southern province of Hormozgan, said on Saturday that IRGC navy forces seized the foreign ship carrying 220,000 liters of contraband fuel in Parsian county, south of ‘Hormozgan.

“During the inspection of this vessel, over 220,000 liters of contraband fuel was seized and 11 foreign crew members were detained,” Ghahramani said, adding that the detainees will remain in custody during the process. investigation and the ensuing legal proceedings.

He did not provide details of the nationality of the confiscated vessel.

Ghahramani said the IRGC also seized an Iranian boat carrying 20,000 liters of diesel that was seeking to supply fuel to the foreign ship, adding that its three crews were apprehended.

He said the confiscated fuel was returned to Hormozgan Oil Refinery.

“Such criminal acts committed by fuel smugglers who loot national property in coordination with foreigners will not be hidden from view of judicial authorities and officers, and the perpetrators of these crimes will be punished severely and without leniency,” he said. said Ghahramani.

The incident comes after a series of seizures of smuggled vessels by Iranian navy forces in the sea lanes serving the Persian Gulf, where much of the world’s oil is produced and shipped.

Iran’s IRGC announced in November last year the arrest of a foreign boat carrying 150,000 liters of smuggled diesel and the arrest of 11 foreign crew members, without disclosing further details.

The IRGC Navy has foiled several attacks on Iranian and foreign tankers.

The elite force recently released detailed footage of its October 25 standoff against an act of US piracy targeting an Iranian fuel shipment.

During the episode, US forces confiscated the tanker that was carrying a cargo of Iranian oil in the strategic Arabian Sea, shifting its shipment of crude to another vessel.

The IRGC then staged a maritime operation against the second vessel, landing its helicopters on its deck and sailing towards Iranian waters.