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Gibraltar Took Decision to Detain Iranian Tanker - Mr Picardo

Logistic News - Published on Tue, 16 Jul 2019

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Reuters, citing British territory’s chief minister Mr Fabian Picardo, reported that Gibraltar took the decision to seize an Iranian tanker last week solely because the ship was in breach of European Union sanctions and not on the request of any other country. The Grace 1 was seized by British Royal Marines off the coast of Gibraltar on suspicion of violating sanctions against Syria. The decisions of Her Majesty’s government of Gibraltar were taken totally independently, based on breaches of existing law and not at all based on extraneous political considerations. These important decisions about breaches of our laws were not decisions taken at the political behest or instruction of any other state or third party.

Iran has demanded that Britain release the ship and denies that it was taking oil to Syria in violation of sanctions. The affair has led to an increase in tension in the Gulf, with Britain saying that it fended off Iranian ships that tried to block a British tanker.

Tehran blames the United States for arranging to have its ship seized. Washington has imposed sanctions against Iran with the aim of halting all Iranian oil exports. European countries do not have sanctions against Iran, but have had them in place against Iran’s ally Syria since 2011.

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Posted By : Mohan Sharma on Tue, 16 Jul 2019
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