US requests seizure of Iranian tanker held in Gibraltar

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (VOP TODAY NEWS) — The United States has asked the British authorities to confiscate an Iranian oil tanker it has been holding for a month as the Supreme Court prepares to allow it to leave, prosecutors said Thursday.

The attorney, Joseph Triay, the public prosecutor, made the announcement before the Supreme Court, which was supposed to decide on extending the detention of the Grace 1 oil tanker suspected of transporting oil to Syria or allowing it to sail.

The court adjourned until 16:00 (1400 GMT).

Chief Justice Anthony Dudley confirmed that “had it not been for the request we received at 1:30 pm (2330 GMT Wednesday), the ship would have left” Gibraltar.

Meanwhile, a Gibraltar government spokesman said the captain and three crew members of the Grace 1 oil tanker, who had been released on bail, were formally released.

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