In the dispute over the arrival of the Iranian oil tanker Grace 1 at the beginning of July in Gibraltar, the United States has requested continued confiscation of the vessel.
The responsible public prosecutor said on Thursday during a court hearing in Gibraltar, in which actually about the release of the tanker should have been decided.
The Supreme Court adjourned its ruling on the future of “Grace 1” on Thursday afternoon.
On what grounds the United States applied, prosecutor Joseph Triay did not state. He spoke only of “mutual legal support” between Britain and America.
Presiding Judge Anthony Dudley said the Iranian tanker was allowed to leave the British overseas territory without the American request following the court hearing.
The Indian captain and three crew members of the “Grace 1” were officially released on Thursday, according to a government spokesman. They were previously on bail at large.
The United Kingdom had “Grace 1” laden with Iranian oil on 4 July on the grounds that they wanted to transport crude oil to Syria in violation of EU sanctions. Iran denies that the tanker was on its way to Syria.
Iran’s spiritual leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, described Britain’s fixing of the tanker as “piracy.” The dispute had exacerbated tensions with Iran.
Two weeks after the setting of the “Grace 1”, Iran set a British ship in the Persian Gulf.
Since the beginning of the month, Britain has participated in the United States “international maritime security mission” in the Gulf.