Iranian ship held in Sri Lanka flees country's waters

An Iranian-flagged cargo ship has fled from waters around Sri Lanka after weeks of detention by the island nation's navy acting on a court order obtained by Germany's DVB Bank SE, officials said on Thursday.


The Sri Lankan navy last week fired warning shots to prevent the ship from leaving, but said that late on Wednesday the vessel made its way out of the country's waters. The ship is said to be owned by a front for the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines, which has faced Western sanctions for some years. (Reuters)