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CORRECTED: Gibraltar allows Iranian tanker to leave despite US detention detention

Gibraltar’s Supreme Court on Thursday ruled in favour of releasing an Iranian supertanker seized last month on suspicion of shipping oil to Syria in breach of EU sanctions, despite a US request to detain the vessel.

Chief Justice Anthony Dudley said in court that since Iran had guaranteed in writing that the destination of the Grace 1 would not be a country subject to international sanctions, the vessel “is no longer subject to detention.”

He added that the tribunal had not received a written detention request from the United States.