Release of Ship by Iran is Really a Ransom

index.jpgIn the Washington Post, AHS speaker Eugene Kontrovich explains why it appears that Iran is essentially seizing vessels for ransom by charging a selective toll on transit through international straits:

"The Islamic Republic has no legal authority to seize the ship. Releasing it on payment of money is not piracy, because that can only committed by non-state actors, but it is definitely a shake-down, and an assertion of general sovereign rights over international shipping lanes. It is likely not the last such ransom Iran will demand."