Gibraltar rejects US demand to detain Iranian oil tanker | 2019-08-18

Gibraltar rejects US demand to detain Iranian oil tanker

AFP

18th August, 2019 07:17:10 printer

Gibraltar rejects US demand to detain Iranian oil tanker

Gibraltar on Sunday rejected a US demand to seize an Iranian oil tanker at the centre of a diplomatic dispute as it prepared to leave the British overseas territory after weeks of detention.

Gilbraltar's government said it could not seek a court order to detain the ship because US sanctions against Iran were not applicable in the European Union.

A Gibraltar judge had ordered the Grace 1 tanker released, but the US filed a request to detain the ship alleging it was involved in supporting illicit shipments to Syria by Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, listed as a terrorist group by Washington.


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