The Gibraltar authorities rejected the U.S. request for the detention of the Iranian oil tanker Grace 1. This was said in a statement, published on the governmental website.
"The authorities cannot demand the execution of requests due to the validity of European Union law and differences in sanctions applicable to Iran in the EU and the U.S.," the Gibraltar government said in a statement.
Earlier the U.S. court issued a warrant for the detention of the Iranian tanker Grace 1, which in July was captured by British infantry in Gibraltar, but was subsequently released, as reported by Reuters.
The oil tanker, more than 2 million barrels of oil it carries, and $995,000 are subject to forfeiture based on a complaint by the U.S. government, U.S. Attorney said in a news release on Friday.
The tanker was seized by British Royal Marines at the western mouth of the Mediterranean on July 4 on suspicion of violating European Union sanctions by taking oil to Syria, a close ally of Iran.
Washington had attempted to detain the Grace 1 on the grounds that it had links to Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), which it has designated a terrorist organization.
However, on Thursday, August 15, the government in Gibraltar decided to release the tanker, because Tehran promised that it would no longer transport oil to Syria.