Wed Aug 21st, 2019 at 05:26:59 PM EST
Especially his warlord John Bolton ...
US seeks to seize Grace 1 as Gibraltar moves to release | The Gibraltar Chronicle - Aug. 15, 2019 |
The US Department of Justice has applied to seize the Iranian supertanker Grace 1 in Gibraltar, just hours before the Gibraltar Government was poised to release it.
Gibraltar had been due to lift the detention on the ship this morning but the move by the US means the decision has now been adjourned until 4pm today.
The developments were revealed by Joseph Triay, the lawyer for Attorney General Michael Llamas QC, during a short hearing in the Supreme Court of Gibraltar.
Mr Triay said: "This application was to have taken a very different turn. It was to have been an application for no further order of detention."
The grounds for the US application are not clear at this stage but the court was told it was a request from the Department of Justice for mutual legal assistance.
Royal marines forced crew of Iranian tanker to kneel at gunpoint , says captain
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○ Gibraltar rejects U.S. pressure to hold Iranian tanker | NBC News |
Iranian Oil Tanker Allowed To Leave Gibraltar Despite U.S. Appeal | RFERL |
Gibraltar has decided to free the Iranian oil supertanker Grace 1, detained off the British overseas territory six weeks ago by Royal Marines, despite a last-minute attempt by the United States to seize the vessel.
The Grace 1 was detained on suspicion it was smuggling oil to Syria in breach of European Union sanctions.
Gibraltar Chief Minister Fabian Picardo on August 15 lifted the detention order after formal written assurances from Tehran that the ship will not discharge its more than 2 million barrels of oil in Syria, but added that the ship had not yet been released. The detention order on the Grace 1 was set to expire on the evening of August 17.
"In light of the assurances we have received, there are no longer any reasonable grounds for the continued legal detention of the Grace 1 in order to ensure compliance with the EU Sanctions Regulation," Picardo said.
The decision to release the tanker came despite a last-minute attempt by Washington to seize the tanker.
Other Nations should stand-up against these bullies ... Europe should take the lead ... WTF!
Pompeo warns anyone who `touches' Iran tanker risks US sanctions | Times of Israel |
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned Tuesday that anyone who "touches," supports or allows an Iranian tanker carrying crude oil to dock risks US sanctions.
He told reporters that if an Iranian supertanker that left Gibraltar on Sunday again heads to Syria, "we'll take every action we can consistent with those sanctions to prevent that."
Pompeo said the US doesn't want crude oil to go to Syria because it will be "off-loaded, sold, used by the Quds force, an organization that has killed countless Americans and people all across the world."
He was referring to the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corp, which the US recently declared a terror organization.
In the 21st century, US Forces have killed hundreds of thousands in its extended global War of Terror.
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