Iran expects confiscated oil cargo to be returned in full - envoy

The confiscation of the cargo prompted an angry response from Iran, with Iranian forces last month seizing two Greek tankers in the Gulf.

The Liberian-flagged oil tanker Ice Energy transfers crude oil from the Iranian-flagged oil tanker Lana (former Pegas), off the shore of Karystos, on the Island of Evia, Greece, May 26, 2022. (photo credit: REUTERS/COSTAS BALTAS)
The Liberian-flagged oil tanker Ice Energy transfers crude oil from the Iranian-flagged oil tanker Lana (former Pegas), off the shore of Karystos, on the Island of Evia, Greece, May 26, 2022.
(photo credit: REUTERS/COSTAS BALTAS)

Iran expects an oil cargo confiscated by Greece to be returned in full, the semi-official Tasnim news agency reported Tehran's ambassador to Athens as saying on Thursday, following a Greek court ruling quashing the original decision to confiscate.

The Greek court overturned an earlier court ruling that had allowed the confiscation in April by the United States of part of a cargo of Iranian oil on an Iranian-flagged tanker off the Greek coast, Reuters reported on Wednesday. 

The court ruling has not yet been made public.

"Following intensive follow-up, the Greek Court of Appeals will overturn the initial court ruling on the confiscation of Iranian oil and, by God's grace, the entire oil shipment will be returned," Ambassador Ahmad Naderi said on the embassy's Twitter account.

Confiscation

The confiscation of the cargo prompted an angry response from Iran, with Iranian forces last month seizing two Greek tankers in the Gulf after Tehran warned it would take "punitive action" against Athens.

German-owned cargo vessel ''Smaragd'' seen carrying an Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines (IRISL Group) container, 2012 (credit: DARRIN ZAMMIT LUPI/REUTERS)German-owned cargo vessel ''Smaragd'' seen carrying an Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines (IRISL Group) container, 2012 (credit: DARRIN ZAMMIT LUPI/REUTERS)

"Following intensive follow-up, the Greek Court of Appeals will overturn the initial court ruling on the confiscation of Iranian oil and, by God's grace, the entire oil shipment will be returned."

Ambassador Ahmad Naderi

"The issue will remain on the agenda of intensive consultations between the two countries until the full implementation of the ruling is certain," Naderi added.

Asked if the latest judicial decision could open the way for the release of the two Greek tankers and their crews, Greek government spokesperson Giannis Oikonomou said Greek justice was independent.

"First of all, since the first moment, we have not connected the two incidents. The Iranian forces' behavior over the tankers was totally unjustified and unprovoked. Secondly, justice in our country has proven that it operates independently," he told reporters.