US issues warrant to seize Iranian tanker off Gibraltar

  • 19/08/2019
US issues warrant to seize Iranian tanker off Gibraltar

The USA made an order for the capture of an Iranian oil tanker, trapped in a confrontation between Tehran and Westin, last but not least to stop the vessel from exiting Gibraltar.

Being suspected of breaching EU sanctions delivering oil to Syria, the Grace 1 was captured by British Royal Marines in the western Mediterranean on July 4.

Gibraltar canceled the custody command on Thursday since the chief minister of British territory said it had received written guarantee from Tehran that the cargo would not enter Syria.

But after the ship and its 2.1 million barrels of oil can abandon the country, the United States made an individual legal appeal to confiscate the ship as it is associated with the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps in Iran (IRGC), which he defines as terrorist organization.

A federal court in Washington made an order to capture a tanker with the oil it carries and about $ 1 million.

“A network of front companies allegedly laundered millions of dollars in support of such shipments,” the U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia, Jessie Liu, said in a news release.

“The scheme involves multiple parties affiliated with the IRGC and furthered by the deceptive voyages of the Grace 1.”

Iranian state television cited Jalil Eslami, the deputy head of the country's port and maritime organization, saying that the tanker will go to the Mediterranean Sea after it is renamed under the Iranian flag and renamed Adrian Daria.

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