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    Re: Tehran fumes as Britain seizes Iranian oil tanker over Syria sanctions

    Quote Originally Posted by PeteEU View Post
    United States seeks to seize the Iranian vessel in Gibraltar: newspaper - Reuters

    So the tanker and crew were to be released but then the US DOJ petitioned to have the ship handed over....exposing the truth basically behind the whole story.

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    It's interesting how the Reuters report could not uncover the US legal grounds for seizing the tanker as it has no case in anything but US law which America tries to impose extrajurisdictionally. The whole thing was a sham and basically state sponsered piracy from the get-go. Can someone flush John Bolton down the head, he stinks of conspiracy and complicity in this, so-far, comic opera.

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    Re: Tehran fumes as Britain seizes Iranian oil tanker over Syria sanctions

    "The U.S. Department of Justice has applied to seize the Grace 1 on a number of allegations which are now being considered," the Gibraltar government said in a statement, adding that the matter would be reviewed by the court at 4 p.m. local time (10 a.m. ET).

    Neither the USDoJ nor the government of Gibraltar would comment on the particulars of the US seize request.


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    Re: Tehran fumes as Britain seizes Iranian oil tanker over Syria sanctions

    Gibraltar frees held Iran oil tanker that U.S. sought to seize

    The Gibraltar Chronicle newspaper reported there was no U.S. application before the court when a hearing on the Grace 1 resumed Thursday afternoon, quoting the court’s chief justice, Anthony Dudley. That allowed the ship to be freed. That’s a stark change from a morning hearing, which saw Gibraltar say the Justice Department sought to seize the vessel “on a number of allegations.”


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    Re: Tehran fumes as Britain seizes Iranian oil tanker over Syria sanctions

    The Brits have finally done the right thing and Washington be damned. Good!

    Now it's time to hold Iran's feet to the fire to release the tanker and crew they seized near Iran. This infantile tit for tat piratical statecraft has got to stop.

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    Re: Tehran fumes as Britain seizes Iranian oil tanker over Syria sanctions

    Quote Originally Posted by Evilroddy View Post
    The Brits have finally done the right thing and Washington be damned. Good!
    You obviously read only what you want to read. To wit....

    The Gibraltar Chronicle newspaper reported there was no U.S. application before the court when a hearing on the Grace 1 resumed Thursday afternoon, quoting the court’s chief justice, Anthony Dudley. That allowed the ship to be freed. That’s a stark change from a morning hearing, which saw Gibraltar say the Justice Department sought to seize the vessel “on a number of allegations.”
    Gibraltar was apparently looking for an excuse to hold the tanker longer and tried to see if the US would jump at the bait, and when the time came could produce no seize-request from the US.


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    Re: Tehran fumes as Britain seizes Iranian oil tanker over Syria sanctions

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    You obviously read only what you want to read. To wit....



    Gibraltar was apparently looking for an excuse to hold the tanker longer and tried to see if the US would jump at the bait, and when the time came could produce no seize-request from the US.
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    No, I read your whole article thoroughly but in some details it differed from other reports.

    Gibraltar allows Iranian tanker Grace 1 to leave despite US detention request

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    Re: Tehran fumes as Britain seizes Iranian oil tanker over Syria sanctions

    Quote Originally Posted by Evilroddy View Post
    Rogue Valley:

    No, I read your whole article thoroughly but in some details it differed from other reports.

    Gibraltar allows Iranian tanker Grace 1 to leave despite US detention request

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    Seems that aspect (a US request) was not a certainty as portrayed.

    The tanker Captain says he is done. Whether it stays or goes, he wants nothing more to do with it.

    And my understanding is that Iran has guaranteed that the Grace-1 would not offload its oil cargo in Syria.


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    Re: Tehran fumes as Britain seizes Iranian oil tanker over Syria sanctions

    Grace 1 (now renamed Adrian Darya) has left Gib.

    The US justified its demand for seizure by Grace being linked to Iran's Revolutionary Guards (declared a terrorist organization by the US) but Gib. rejected the request on grounds of being bound by EU law which makes no such provision.
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    Re: Tehran fumes as Britain seizes Iranian oil tanker over Syria sanctions

    The BBC reports that the US Government offered bribes in the millions of dollars range to the captain of the Adrian Darya I (formerly the Grace I) tanker to sail it to any US-friendly port where it could be impounded. Is this legal or in breach of the laws of the seas?

    What did the emails say?

    According to the Financial Times, Mr Hook sent an email to the Indian captain of the Adrian Darya 1, Akhilesh Kumar, before it imposed sanctions on the ship.

    "I am writing with good news," the email read. The Trump administration was willing to pay the captain several million dollars to take the ship somewhere it could be seized by US authorities.

    The emails reportedly carried a state department phone number to make sure the captain - who took over the ship after it was impounded - did not think they were fake.
    Iran tanker: US offers captain millions to hand over ship - BBC News

    Other reports seem to indicate that this is only part of a wider policy aimed at all shipping to/from Iran and that many more bribes are being offered.

    When will other nations start offering bribes to US or UK shipping to divert them for their own interests?

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