Iran seizes Foreign vessel in Gulf for smuggling allegations

An Iranian Revolutionary Guard speedboat moves in the Persian Gulf while an oil tanker is seen in background, July 2, 2012. (AP photo)

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — Foreign vessel in Gulf was seized by Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards in Gulf on Saturday for smuggling allegations according to the state-owned IRNA agency.

IRNA reported that Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards have seized a foreign vessel in the Gulf for allegedly smuggling 757,000 liters of diesel out of the country.

Seven crew members who were foreign have been detained by the elite forces on the unmanned vessel, and handed over to the Iranian legal authorities, IRNA said.

The report did not give further details on the nationalities of the ship or its detained crew.

Iran, which has some of the world’s cheapest fuel prices due to heavy subsidies and the plunge in the value of its national currency, has been fighting rampant fuel smuggling by land to neighboring countries and by sea to Gulf Arab states.

The Guards have detained several ships in the past few months for smuggling fuel in the Gulf.

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