Crew of Iranian supertanker held by Gibraltar bailed with out cost

The captain, chief officer and two second officers of the Iranian supertanker Grace 1 arrested in an operation involving British Royal Marines have been conditionally bailed with out cost, the Royal Gibraltar Police have mentioned.

The captain and his deputy had been arrested on Thursday, whereas the opposite crew had been arrested on Friday “as a consequence of the continuing investigation into the suspected breach of EU sanctions on Syria,” police mentioned in an announcement.

Their arrests got here after a Royal Navy warship drove off Iranian patrol boats as they tried to impede the progress of a British tanker by way of the Strait of Hormuz.

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That incident adopted a warning by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani of unspecified “repercussions” for the seizure of the Grace 1 off Gibraltar final Thursday.

In London, ministers have urged Tehran to “de-escalate” the scenario within the Gulf.

The Royal Gibraltar Police mentioned the investigation associated to the arrests is ongoing and the vessel stays in detention.