Iran releases Indian fishermen

July 12th, 2008 - 11:54 pm ICT by IANS  

Dubai, July 12 (IANS) Twenty-two Indian fishermen who were detained by Iran July 3 on charges of violating its maritime border have been released. “Iran on Thursday released five vessels which were held for two weeks after they entered Iranian territorial waters,” Iran’s Press TV quoted the head of the border guards in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern province, General Abdurrahman Al Brahim, as saying Saturday.

According to Al Brahim, the boats and the 22 Indian crewmembers on board returned safely to Darin on the Saudi east coast.

Iranian authorities had July 3 seized the five Saudi fishing vessels crewed by the 22 Indians from near its Bushehr nuclear power plant, which is being constructed by a Russian firm.

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