Seized Iranian tanker leaves Gibraltar

An Iranian tanker accused of smuggling oil to Syria left Gibraltar Sunday after being detained for a month, the Associated Press reported.

The trail left by GPS data on, a vessel-traffic monitoring service, reportedly shows the Iranian Adrian Darya 1, formerly known as Grace 1, moving shortly before midnight.

The ship had been detained by British authorities for attempting to breach European Union sanctions on Syria.


Authorities approved the release of the tanker Thursday despite a last-minute U.S. application to block the release.

The U.S. attempted to seize the ship claiming in an unsealed warrant that the Adrian Darya 1, all petroleum aboard the ship and $995,000 are subject to forfeiture. 

Gibraltar rejected that request, saying it couldn’t comply with the U.S. Justice Department (DOJ) warrant issued Friday because it was bound by EU law.

The vessel’s next destination was not immediately known, per AP.

The DOJ alleged in the complaint that Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) used the Adrian Darya 1 as part of a broader scheme to illicitly ship oil to Syria. 

President TrumpDonald John TrumpO’Rourke: Trump driving global, U.S. economy into recession Manchin: Trump has ‘golden opportunity’ on gun reforms Objections to Trump’s new immigration rule wildly exaggerated MORE designated the IRGC a terrorist group in April.

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