India seizes cargo ship belonging to sons of senior Iranian security official: report
India has seized a container ship believed to belong to senior Iranian security official Ali Shamkhani, Iranian media reported on Friday (February 18th). HE HAS NOT news agency, the cargo belongs to the sons of the Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council. He was anchored in Gujarat on the charge of possessing “false documents”.
The incident happened when an Indian court ordered the seizure of the ship and cargoes coming from or going to Iran about 12 days ago. The vessel was seized and anchored on charges of possessing false documents. It was moored at the port of Kandla– Deendayal in Kutch district of Gujarat. According to Marine trafficKABUL is a container ship built in 2001 and sailing under the flag of Saint Kitts and Nevis.
Shamkhani’s economic activities under scanner
It is important to mention that the controversy comes at a time when the economic activities of Shamkhani’s family, including his brother and son-in-law, are under surveillance in Iran. The seized container ship is owned by Admiral Shipping Company, owned by the security officer’s sons, Hassan and Hossein Shamkhani. The recent incident has led critics to joke that continued US sanctions are apparently good for the Shamkhani family’s business interests, Iranian international reported.
Ali Shamkhani is a two-star Iranian general who is secretary of the Supreme National Security Council of Iran. Notably, Shamkhani – an admiral in the Iranian navy and a former IRGC commander – has recently been outspoken in criticizing the Vienna talks to revive the Iran nuclear deal.
Earlier this month, the release of an audio recording implicated senior Revolutionary Guards commanders in a massive corruption scheme in the mid-2010s, according to the report.