Jun 21, 2018 15:26 Asia/Tehran [Updated: Sep 18, 2019 15:34 Asia/Tehran]
  • 17 Iranian sailors freed by Somalia

A number of imprisoned sailors who had been arrested in late 2017 on charges of trespassing into Somalia's territorial waters were released and returned to Iran on Thursday.

Following diplomatic efforts by Iran's foreign ministry and the Iranian embassy in Kenya, 17 sailors who had illegally and unknowingly entered Somalia's territorial waters in October 2017 and were sentenced to two years in jail by a local court and were also fined,  were set free and  handed over to the Iranian embassy in Nairobi  Kenya.

The freed sailors were later returned to Iran by airplane and were welcomed by Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Panahi Azar at Imam Khomeini International Airport.