Gibraltar rejects last-minute US demand to seize Iranian tanker

Adrian Darya 1, formerly named as Grace 1, sails through the Strait of Gibraltar on August 18, 2019 © REUTERS/Jon Nazca


Gibraltar rejects last-minute US demand to seize Iranian tanker

Published time: 18 Aug, 2019 12:15
Edited time: 18 Aug, 2019 12:28

Gibraltar has rejected a renewed US request demanding the seizure of the tanker Grace 1, which has been renamed Adrian Darya 1. The decision comes days after it lifted the weeks-long detention and allowed the vessel set sail.

The British overseas territory rejected a warrant issued Friday by a federal court in Washington that sought the supertanker’s arrest, the oil it carried and the almost $1 million found on board. The US request came into conflict with the EU law under which Gibraltar governs, and led “to the differences in the sanctions regimes applicable to Iran in the EU and the US,” it said in a statement on Sunday.

“The EU sanctions regime against Iran –which is applicable in Gibraltar– is much narrower than that applicable in the US,”it explained.

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