The Government of Gibraltar has successfully extended the detention of an Iranian supertanker for another 30 days on suspicion of violating European Union sanctions.
In a statement issued on Friday, the day the detention order collapsed, the Gibraltar government has extended detention, announcing that the Supreme Court has approved the extension as it continues to investigate Grace 1 under Panamanian flag , The ship was seized earlier this month by British Royal Marines in waters seized by Gibraltar at the southern tip of Spain on suspicion of carrying crude oil for Syria.
The EU has imposed severe sanctions on Syrian leader Bashar Assad as the country's protracted civil war continues to call for civilian life.
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Earlier this week, British Foreign Minister Jeremy Hunt said on Twitter he had a "constructive behavior" call "with his Iranian counterpart Javad Zarif assuring him that the tanker – which carried 2.1 million barrels of light crude oil – would be released if the UK concludes that it is not bound to Syria.
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The tanker's concern has infuriated Tehran, which has accused the British of engaging in "piracy".
The Gibraltar ruling, which can be extended to up to 90 days, relies on a further increase in regional tensions after Washington announced on Thursday that it had shot down an Iranian drone that it believed had been launched US Navy ship at the opening of the US Navy threatened road to Hormuz.
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Iran has vehemently denied that it has lost a drone. Some officials say the US may have destroyed their own drone.
The Associated Press contributed to this report