Iran says Britain might release seized Grace 1 oil tanker soon | News | Al Jazeera
Iran’s port authority has said the United Kingdom might free its seized oil tanker after some documents were exchanged that would help secure its release.
British Royal Marines last month stopped and seized the vessel off the shore of Gibraltar on suspicion it carried Iranian crude oil to Syria in breach of European Union sanctions against the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
“Britain is interested in releasing Iran’s oil tanker Grace 1 … following the exchange of some documents, we hope the release will take place soon,” Jalal Eslami, the deputy head of Iran’s Ports and Maritime Organization, was quoted as saying by the official IRNA news agency on Tuesday.
“The vessel was seized based on false allegations ... it has not been freed yet.”
But a senior official in Gibraltar, speaking on condition of anonymity, denied the report, calling it “untrue”, according to The Associated Press news agency. Reuters news agency also quoted an unnamed top Gibraltarian government source as saying that that report was not correct.