(GIBRALTAR) JUST IN: LATEST: Police have arrested captain of detained Iranian Grace 1 tanker carrying 2.1-million barrels of light crude oil and accusing them of violating EU sanctions on Syria as investigation is still ongoing #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – July.12: Gibraltar police said they have arrested the captain and chief officer of the detained Iranian Grace 1 supertanker accused of violating EU sanctions on Syria and have seized documents and electronic devices from the vessel.

Captured: The Grace 1 in the waters of Gibraltar after the supertanker was seized by British authorities last week, prompting fresh tensions with Iran

Last week British Royal Marines boarded the tanker off Gibraltar and seized it on suspicion that it was breaking EU sanctions by taking oil to Syria: “The investigation is still ongoing and the Grace 1 continues detained,” police said in a statement on Thursday: The BP tanker can carry a million barrels of oil and was on its way to Iraq when it abandoned its mission and took shelter, Bloomberg reported.

‘Sheltering’: The BP tanker British Heritage, whose location on Tuesday is shown on a map, is reported to have U-turned while heading to Iraq over fears of Iranian retaliation

Gibraltar’s chief minister Fabian Picardo says the cargo on the Iranian supertanker Grace 1 which was seized last week by a team of Royal Marines has been confirmed to be 2.1m barrels of light crude oil— Sky News Breaking (@SkyNewsBreak) July 12, 2019https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js via Ace Newsroom Live https://ift.tt/2JHwMTm

#AceNewsDesk report………………Published: July.12: 2019: Reuters: Reporting by Costas Pitas and Michael Holden; editing by Stephen Addison

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