The UNITED STATE Department of Justice has actually submitted a forfeit warrant and also grievance looking for the seizure of all Iranian oil items aboard 4 Greek- taken care of, Liberian- flagged vessels presently gone to Venezuela.
The ships are the Bella (IMONo 9208124) and also the Luna (IMO 9208100), which according to the Equasis information base are taken care of by Vienna Ltd of Piraeus, and also the Bering (IMO 9149225) and also Pandi (IMO 9105073), both handled, according to Equasis, by Palermo SA of Piraeus.
According to the Department of Justice, the forfeit grievance and also warrant affirm a system including numerous celebrations associated with the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) to secretly deliver Iranian gasoil, gotten through ship-to-ship transfers, to Venezuela.
The deliveries are declared to be a “source of influence” for the IRGC, which is assigned by the UNITED STATE asforeign terrorist company. The records affirm that benefit from oil sales “support the IRGC’s full range of nefarious activities, including the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and their means of delivery, support for terrorism, and a variety of human rights abuses, at home and abroad.”
There are about 302,502 barrels of Iranian fuel presently aboard the Bella, about 302,522 barrels of Iranian fuel presently aboard the Bering, about 259,700 barrels of Iranian fuel presently aboard the Luna, and also about 298,484 barrels of Iranian fuel presently aboard the Pandi.
United States District Judge James E. Boasberg has actually released a warrant to confiscate all Iranian fuel on these 4 vessels, based upon a potential reason proving of forfeitability. The warrant regulates the home be given the single territory of the UNITED STATE District Court for the District of Columbia.
- Download the forfeit grievance HERE