Gibraltar court rules detained Iranian tanker free to depart; U.S. warns of sanctions bite

Gibraltar court rules detained Iranian tanker free to depart; U.S. warns of sanctions bite
Tanker Grace 1 off Gibraltar July 2019. YouTube, Financial Times video

[Ed. – There’s a whiff about this of Gibraltar washing its hands of the problem.  We’ll see where it goes.  I’m not convinced this cargo will ever get delivered; the potato is too hot to just head to Syria at this point.]

The Supreme Court in Gibraltar ruled Thursday that an Iranian supertanker detained in the British territory for the past six weeks is free to sail, despite a last-minute bid by the U.S. Department of Justice to seize the vessel.

In response, the State Department warned that anyone associated with the ship risks having their U.S. visas revoked, for providing material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization (FTO).

The FTO in question is Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), which the department said the supertanker, Grace I, was assisting by transporting oil to the Assad regime in Syria.

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