Tuesday, June 22, 2004

Iran to prosecute Royal Navy crew - Iran TV

Reuters | Latest Financial News / Full News Coverage: "Iran to prosecute Royal Navy crew - Iran TV
Tue 22 June, 2004 09:39

By Paul Hughes
TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran will prosecute eight British sailors seized after apparently straying into Iranian waters on the Iraqi border, Iran's al Alam television says.
The British Foreign Office immediately demanded an explanation from Tehran on the report. British officials have not been given access to the men, detained on Monday with their three boats, and have not been told where they are being held.
Quoting unnamed Iranian military sources, al Alam said the eight men were to be prosecuted on charges of 'illegally entering Iran's waters'.
'The British military officials were arrested after they entered 1,000 metres into Iranian waters. The British confessed that they were arrested when they were inside Iran's waters,' it added.
The incident -- the latest in a string of boat seizures in the Gulf area by Iran's Revolutionary Guards -- is the most serious between Iran and foreign forces operating in Iraq and is likely to com"


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