Crew Of Seized Iranian Tanker Freed On Bail
Gibraltar police said that all four crew members of the Iranian Grace 1 tanker have been released on bail without charge.
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