Tuesday, December 01, 2009

BRITONS DETAINED BY IRAN


On 25 November 2009, Iran detained several British nationals in the Persian Gulf waters. (Iran confirms detaining British nationals )

British Foreign Secretary David Miliband said in a statement that five British nationals were detained on November 25 in the Persian Gulf after their yacht reportedly trespassed on Iranian waters.

He said the yacht was en route from Bahrain to Dubai.

This is the third time Iran has arrested British nationals in its territorial waters.

In 2007, Iranian forces seized eight British Royal Navy sailors and seven marines for trespassing Iran's territorial waters. They were released.

In a similar incident in 2004, eight British servicemen were detained in the same area but were later freed.

At the time, Iranian officials confiscated espionage devices from the British nationals.

Iran puts British embassy 'spy' on trial The Observer

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