April 6, 2007
A navy lieutenant said on Friday that the British sailors were threatened they could face up to seven years in prison if they did not say they had strayed in Iranian waters.
Lieutenant Felix Carman told reporters in a press conference Friday that the crew of British sailors and marines faces harsh interrogations by their Iranian captors.
"All of us were kept in isolation. We were interrogated most nights and
presented with two options. If we admitted that we'd strayed, we'd be on a plane to (Britain) pretty soon" said Carman.
Royal Marine Captain Chris Air said was confronted by members of Iran's Revolutionary Guard while it was out on a routine operation.
"They rammed our boats and trained their heavy machine guns, RPG and weapons on us. Another six boats were closing in on us. We realized that our efforts to reason with these people were not making any headway" said Air.
The men at the briefing also stated they were well inside Iraqi waters
when confronted and responding to criticism that they surrendered too
quickly the men say they had no choice, saying they would have lost or been killed.
In the wake of this incident, the British Navy is now reviewing its
operations in the disputed waters between Iraq and Iran.
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