Published: Sat, July 20, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Gibraltar court extends detention of Iran tanker for 30 days: Britain

Gibraltar court extends detention of Iran tanker for 30 days: Britain

The U.S. also had a recent incident with the Iranians in the Strait of Hormuz.

He has called for the immediate release of the oil tanker Grace 1, which was detained on suspicion it was breaking European sanctions by taking oil to Syria.

"At a private meeting of the Supreme Court on an application by the Attorney General, the Court has extended the period of detention of the vessel, Grace 1, for a further 30 days and has set a new hearing for 15 August 2019", the Gibraltar government said on Friday (July 19).

Bahrain said Thursday it will host a conference on "maritime and air navigation security" and "find ways to deter the Iranian threat and ensure freedom of navigation in this strategic region", the Gulf kingdom's BNA state news agency said. "So there is a big divergence of strategy on how to proceed and this tanker is a reflection of those divergences".

The head of Gibraltar's government has met privately with Iranian officials in a bid to defuse tensions surrounding the seizure of an Iranian supertanker by Royal Marines from Plymouth.

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But Britain, which wants to preserve the nuclear deal, has repeatedly indicated it wants a compromise over the tanker.

In a meeting in London on Thursday, Gibraltar's Chief Minister Fabian Picardo and Iranian officials "discussed matters related to the detention of Grace 1", Press TV reported.

British media quoted Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt as saying Iranian authorities have also seized a Liberian-flagged tanker.

The Gibraltar Supreme Court ruling came a day after Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps claimed it seized a foreign tanker on July 14 with 12 crew members on board.

The company, Stena Bulk, said it was "presently unable to contact the vessel which is now heading north towards Iran".

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