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Iran tanker likely to be allowed to leave after court decision: Report

Gibraltar defence police officers guard the Iranian oil tanker Grace 1. Photograph:( Reuters )

WION Web Team New Delhi Aug 15, 2019, 11.56 AM (IST)

The Iranian tanker Grace 1 will likely be allowed to leave Gibraltar following a court decision which is due on Thursday, news agency Reuters reported quoting a source.

A court in Gibraltar will on Thursday decide whether to extend the detention of the ship which was seized on June 4, the report added.

The Grace 1 supertanker, carrying 2.1 million barrels of Iranian oil, was seized on July 4 by Gibraltar police and British special forces off the overseas British territory, provoking a diplomatic crisis between Tehran and London. 

It was suspected of carrying oil to war-torn Syria in violation of EU sanctions.

Iran, which has described Britain's actions as "piracy", seized a British tanker, the Stena Impero, on July 19 in the strategic Strait of Hormuz for breaking "international maritime rules".

(With inputs from agencies) 

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The Grace 1 supertanker, carrying 2.1 million barrels of Iranian oil, was seized on July 4 by Gibraltar police and British special forces off the overseas British territory, provoking a diplomatic crisis between Tehran and London.