Following the British territory’s rejection of a U.S. bid to seize the Grace 1, the vessel departed Gibraltar last night for an unknown destination after six weeks in detention. Carrying $130 million worth of crude oil, the tanker supposedly had been bound for Syria before British Royal Marines captured it July 4, though Iran has promised it won’t sail to the EU-sanctioned country.
What was the legal issue? Washington claims the ship, now renamed the Adrian Darya 1, was linked to Tehran’s Revolutionary Guards, a U.S.-designated terrorist organization. But EU sanctions are “much narrower,” by Gibraltar’s legal interpretation, and did not justify further detention or inspections.
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