Iran Threatens Five British Sailors Taken Hostage

December 1, 2009

(ChattahBox) — Not satisfied to just saber rattling with the latest threat of 10 more nuclear plants, Iran has turned now to pirating. The civilian crew of five, were actually grabbed six days ago, as they sailed their yacht called the Kingdom of Bahrain, from Bahrain to Dubai for the start of an international race, after ‘inadvertently’ straying into Iranian waters in the Persian Gulf.   The five sailors, were identified by British government sources as Olly Smith, Sam Usher, Luke Porter, Oliver Young and Dave Bloomer.An aide to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said today, that Iran is prepared to take ‘serious measures’ against the five British sailors it is holding hostage if it can prove they had ‘evil intentions’. Not sure if “prove” means torture until confession or just convicting them in a kangaroo court, but either way it sounds like Iran has every intention of using these men as bargaining chips.

British Foreign Secretary David Miliband told reporters there was no suggestion that the sailors had any “malicious intent.”

“This is a human story of five young yachtsmen,” he said. “It’s got nothing to do with politics. It’s got nothing to do with (Iran’s) nuclear enrichment program.

There’s a lot of bad blood toward Britian in Iran. Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei called Britain “the most treacherous” of Iran’s enemies after Prime Minister Gordon Brown condemned Tehran’s violent suppression of protests that followed the disputed June presidential election. And in 2007,  Iran seized eight British Royal Navy sailors and seven marines off its coast.  The sailors were paraded on Iranian television before being pardoned and then released by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
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