U.S. warrant issued for seizure of Iranian oil tanker in Gibraltar
Gibraltar defies US and releases seized Iranian tanker Grace 1

By Sara Mazloumsaki and Lauren Said-Moorhouse and Vasco Cotovio, CNN

Updated 2030 GMT (0430 HKT) August 15, 2019

(CNN)A seized oil tanker at the center of a standoff between the UK and Iran is free to set sail, despite eleventh-hour efforts by the United States to halt the move to release it.

The Supreme Court in the British territory of Gibraltar approved the release of the Grace 1, which was seized off the country's coast by authorities last month, after officials said they no longer wished to detain it.


The ship was seized six weeks ago as it passed through Gibraltar's territorial waters. Two weeks later, Iran seized a British ship in the Gulf, in what was widely regarded as a tit-for-tat operation.

As tensions increased, the two sides conducted delicate negotiations in London.


A last-minute intervention by the US threatened to scupper the deal to release the Grace 1. In a court hearing Thursday morning, instead of announcing the release of the tanker, the Gibraltar attorney general's lawyer Joseph Triay said the US Department of Justice had applied to extend its seizure.
More details at CNN: https://edition.cnn.com/2019/08/15/middl...index.html

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

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. court has issued a warrant for the seizure of an Iranian tanker that British Royal Marines had seized last month in Gibraltar, a court document showed on Friday.

The oil tanker Grace 1, the more than 2 million barrels of oil it carries and $995,000 are subject to forfeiture based on a complaint by the U.S. government

More details at Reuters: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-midea...V6237?il=0
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