The detained Iranian tanker changed direction after leaving Gibraltar[/rtl]
[rtl]Date of edit:: 2019/8/19 8:16 • 158 times read[/rtl]
The Iranian oil tanker, which was at the center of a crisis between Tehran and the West, left Gibraltar hours after the region rejected a US request for longer detention.
Reventiv's tracking data showed that the tanker had diverted to the Greek city of Kalamata.
The data also showed that the Iranian oil tanker Grace 1, which changed its name to Adrian Daria 1, left Gibraltar at around 11 pm local time.
The Iranian ambassador to Britain had earlier said on Twitter that the tanker was expected to leave tonight.
The detention of the tanker ended last week, but a federal court in Washington issued an order on Friday to detain the tanker and the oil it transported and nearly $ 1 million.
The Gibraltar region said it would not comply with this request because it complied with EU law.
"The European Union sanctions regime against Iran, which is in place in Gibraltar, is much narrower than that imposed by the United States," the Gibraltar government said in a statement.
"The central authority in Gibraltar cannot ask the Gibraltar Supreme Court," he said, to seize the tanker as requested by the United States.
Washington has tried to seize the tanker, saying it has links to Iran's Revolutionary Guards, which it considers a terrorist organization.
"If the higher authorities ask the navy, we are ready to accompany the tanker Adrian," Admiral Hossein Khanzadi, commander of Iran's navy, was quoted as saying by the Mehr news agency.
Video footage showed the tanker flying the red, green and white Iranian flag with its new name written in white paint on its skeleton above the previous name (Grace 1).