Jul 13, 2019 07:14 Asia/Tehran [Updated: Dec 28, 2019 15:40 Asia/Tehran]
  • A British Royal Navy patrol vessel guards the oil supertanker Grace 1, July 4, 2019. REUTERS
    A British Royal Navy patrol vessel guards the oil supertanker Grace 1, July 4, 2019. REUTERS

Gibraltar police said that all four crew members of the Iranian Grace 1 tanker have been released on bail without charge.

Iran Press/Europe: Gibraltar police said earlier on Friday that they had arrested two second mate officers from the tanker, a day after the vessel’s captain and chief officer were arrested.

In a statement, the police said all four crew members were granted bail with conditions. It did not elaborate but said the investigation was ongoing and that the Grace 1 continues to be detained, Reuters reported.

The British overseas territory Gibraltar seized a supertanker on July 4, claiming that the move was done on suspicion of carrying crude oil to Syria in violation of European Union (EU) sanctions against the Arab country.

Tehran has condemned the move as "piracy", with  Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif saying that Iran is not subject to any European oil embargo and EU is against extraterritoriality.

The Spokesperson for the Iranian Foreign Ministry Seyyed Abbas Mousavi said on Friday that the British Ambassador to Iran Robert Macaire has been summoned by the Iranian Foreign Ministry four times in the past week to elaborate on the latest news relating to the impounded Iranian supertanker. 101/211/214

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