Gibraltar to release Iranian oil tanker on Thursday: Report

Gibraltar to release Iranian oil tanker on Thursday: Report

The British territory of Gibraltar will on Thursday release an Iranian oil tanker seized by Royal Marines in the Mediterranean in July, the Sun newspaper reported, citing sources close to Gibraltar Chief Minister Fabian Picardo.

The British Union Jack flag flies in front of Iranian oil tanker Grace 1 as it sits anchored after
The British Union Jack flag flies in front of Iranian oil tanker Grace 1 as it sits anchored after it was seized in July by British Royal Marines, in the Strait of Gibraltar.

REUTERS: The British territory of Gibraltar will on Thursday (Aug 15) release an Iranian oil tanker seized by Royal Marines in the Mediterranean in July, the Sun newspaper reported, citing sources close to Gibraltar Chief Minister Fabian Picardo.

Picardo would not apply to renew an order to detain Grace 1, the report said, adding that he is now satisfied that the oil tanker is no longer heading to Syria.

Britain had said the vessel was violating European sanctions by taking oil to Syria, a charge Iran denies.

"There is no reason to keep Grace 1 in Gibraltar a moment longer if we no longer believe it is in breach of sanctions against the Syrian regime," the newspaper quoted a source close to Picardo as saying. 

Source: Reuters

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