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The authorities of Gibraltar have officially declared that will not comply with U.S. arrest of the Iranian tanker Grace 1. On Sunday, July 18, according to the portal Newsru.co.il.
As noted in the message, a few days earlier, the Prime Minister of Gibraltar stated that he would consider the request of the Americans.
17 August the court of the district of Columbia (USA) issued a warrant for the arrest of the tanker 1 Grace, who previously released the British authorities of Gibraltar.
According to the warrant, tanker, oil on Board and 995 thousand dollars to be forfeited in connection with violation of the law “On the international emergency economic powers” allegations of Bank fraud, money laundering and the financing of terrorism. According to the United States, the tanker was transporting to Syria oil from Iran in the interests of the Islamic revolution guards Corps (IRGC), which Washington has recognized as a terrorist organization.
On 15 August the authorities of Gibraltar — British overseas territories — was released from custody the crew of the tanker, and then let myself Grace 1. It was stated that the decision was taken after “receipt of the official written assurances from the Iranian government that the ship will not be unloaded in Syria.”
After that, the tanker was renamed the Adrian Darya, he was also preparing to sail under the Iranian flag. It was expected that this will happen on 16 August, if not prevent, a request that the United States sent to Gibraltar in order to delay the ship.
“War of the tankers” between Iran and Britain began after British Marines seized Gibraltar supertanker Grace 1 under the flag of Panama. It was reported that he was transporting two million barrels of crude oil from Iran in the refinery of Banias in Syria, which violates the EU sanctions regime against Damascus.
Iran has promised to respond to the capture of Grace 1. The evening of July 19, Tehran announced the capture of the British tanker Stena Impero in the Strait of Hormuz. It was reported that the military stopped the ship for violation of several rules.
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