U.S. issues warrant for seizure of Iranian oil tanker in Gibraltar

U.S. issues warrant for seizure of Iranian oil tanker in Gibraltar
Tanker Grace 1 off Gibraltar July 2019. YouTube, Financial Times video

[Ed. – This is the one Gibraltar released a couple of days ago based on a court ruling.  It’s still in the harbor there; now the U.S. has issued a warrant.]

The US issued a warrant to seize an Iranian oil tanker in an eleventh-hour attempt to prevent the ship from leaving Gibraltar. …

Gibraltar removed a detention order Thursday, allowing the Grace 1 to leave, after the British territory’s chief minister said Tehran pledged the 2.1 million barrels of oil it’s carrying would not go to Syria.

The U.S. warrant seeks to take control of the tanker and $995,000 aboard, citing violations of US sanctions, money laundering and terrorism statutes, the Associated Press reported. The situation could go back to Gibraltar’s Supreme Court.

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