Gibraltar Frees Iranian Tanker After U.S. Request to Prolong Detention

Gibraltar freed an Iranian tanker on Thursday after the U.S. Justice Department issued a request to prolong its detention.

Madrid — The United States moved on Thursday to seize an Iranian supertanker detained in Gibraltar for breaching international sanctions on oil shipments. The last minute intervention by Washington appeared set to thwart efforts by authorities in London and the British overseas territory to defuse tensions with Tehran, but in the end tiny Gibraltar decided to free the vessel.

The Gibraltar government confirmed that the U.S. Department of Justice had sought to extend the detention of the oil tanker Grace 1, but the Gibraltar Supreme Court later ruled to drop the detention order, with the U.S. request essentially being pushed to another government agency for consideration, and the supertanker free to leave.

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