US Secretary of State: Iran does not control Strait of Hormuz

Pompeo’s statement came after the head of the navy of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, Gen. Alireza Tangsiri, said that Iran had full control of the Strait. (File photo: AFP)
Updated 28 August 2018
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US Secretary of State: Iran does not control Strait of Hormuz

  • Pompeo’s statement came after the head of the navy of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards said that Iran had full control of the Strait
  • The Strait is a major shipping route between Oman and Iran where nearly one-third of the world’s sea-traded oil passes through daily.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Tuesday that Iran does not control the Strait of Hormuz, which he said is an international waterway.

Pompeo’s statement came after the head of the navy of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, Gen. Alireza Tangsiri, said that Iran had full control of the Strait, Reuters reported.

The Strait is a major shipping route between Oman and Iran where nearly one-third of the world’s sea-traded oil passes through daily.

However, the secretary of state said that “the United States will continue to work with our partners to ensure freedom of navigation and free flow of commerce in international waterways.”

 


Maldives arrests ex-leader Yameen for money laundering

Updated 18 February 2019
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Maldives arrests ex-leader Yameen for money laundering

  • No comment from Yameen or his legal team yet
  • The court already froze the ex-president’s local bank accounts containing $6.5 million

MALÉ, Maldives: Maldivian authorities Monday ordered the arrest of former strongman president Abdulla Yameen over money laundering charges, officials said.
The arrest came after a court began a preliminary hearing into allegations that Yameen received nearly $1.5 million in illicit payments just before he lost his re-election bid in September.
“Prosecutors said that Yameen had allegedly attempted to bribe witnesses,” a court official said, adding that the former president would be taken to the Dhoonidhoo prison island near the capital.
Yameen, who came to power in 2013 and jailed many of his opponents or forced them into exile, had been summoned to the Criminal Court Sunday to formally receive his indictment.
During his five-year tenure, Yameen relied heavily on China for political and financial support as he came under criticism over his dismal human rights record.
The Indian Ocean archipelago nation of 340,000 Sunni Muslims is heavily in debt to China.
Authorities believe millions of dollars allegedly siphoned off by Yameen could be stashed abroad, and have said that talks are underway with foreign entities to repatriate any cash found.
The court has already frozen Yameen’s local bank accounts holding about $6.5 million, a decision the former leader has contested.
There was no immediate comment from Yameen or his legal team on the latest court order.