Published On: Sun, Aug 18th, 2019

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Formerly Panamanian flagged, the vessel now sails under the Iranian flag under the name Adrian Darya 1, with darya being the Persian word for sea. Royal Marines detained the ship suspecting it was attempting to transport oil to Syria in violation of EU sanctions, which Tehran denies. As reported by The Sun, Gibraltar explained: “The EU sanctions regime against Iran – which is applicable in Gibraltar – is much narrower than that applicable in the US.

“The Gibraltar Central Authority is unable seek an Order of the Supreme Court of Gibraltar to provide the restraining assistance required by the United States of America.”

A federal court had issued a warrant on Friday calling for the seizure of the tanker.

Hossein Khanzadi, the commander of the maritime branch of the Iranian Army, said: “The era of hit and run is over, if top authorities ask the navy, we are ready to escort out tanker Adrian.”

Jalil Eslami, the deputy head of Iran’s Ports and Maritime Organisation, explained: “At the owner’s request, the Grace 1 will depart for the Mediterranean after being reflagged under the Islamic Republic of Iran’s flag and renamed as Adrian Darya for the voyage.

READ MORE: Iran taunts Gibraltar as Tehran says it WILL send oil tanker to Syria

“The 25-member crew will start their journey after preparations, including refuelling.

“The ship was of Russian origin and Panama-flagged and is carrying 2 million barrels of Iranian oil.”

The tanker was seized on July 4.

Gibraltar is a British Overseas Territory captured in 1704 and ceded by Spain in 1713.

The territory has a population of 30,000 and is strategically important as it provides entry and exit to the Mediterranean Sea.

Madrid maintains a claim on the territory.

In 1967, 99.64 percent of the population voted to remain under British sovereignty instead of passing back to Spain.

A 2002 Referendum to share sovereignty between London and Madrid was rejected by 98.97 percent of the vote.



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