Iran May Prosecute Sailors
Posted on Mar 26, 2007
The Iranian foreign minister has said the 15 Royal Navy sailors and marines detained on Friday could be charged with violating Iran’s territory, although Britain insists the personnel were in Iraqi waters. Iran has also accused the sailors of spying. News of their capture came as the U.N. Security Council toughened sanctions against Iran.
Fifteen Royal Navy personnel captured on Friday could be charged with illegally entering Iranian waters, officials in Iran have warned.
Iran’s foreign minister said the issue was “being considered legally” and suggested there may be charges.
But Tony Blair and Foreign Secretary Margaret Beckett have insisted there was no violation of Iranian territory.
The Foreign Office said it is continuing to press for access to the group, and information on them.