British Gibraltar releases seized Iran oil tanker

An Iranian oil tanker detained by Gibraltar, part of the United Kingdom, has sailed away from port after being allowed to do so despite Washington’s call to detain it again.

British public broadcaster BBC reports that Gibraltar rejected on Sunday, August 18, a request by the U.S. to again seize the ship, which has changed its name from Grace 1 to Adrian Darya-1.

On Thursday, August 15, Gibraltar lifted its detention order on the ship held since July 4.
Gibraltar stated it could not comply with Washington’s request to issue a new detention order because U.S. sanctions preventing oil exports from Iran could not be enforced by the EU.

The Stena Impero, which was seized by the Revolutionary Guard with sailors from India, Russia, Latvia and the Philippines on 19 July, remains held by Iran.

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