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Iran oil tanker: Gibraltar orders release of Grace 1

Gibraltar has released an Iranian oil tanker detained last month on suspicion of sanctions-busting despite a last-minute plea by the US authorities.The UK territory received written assurances from Iran that the ship would not discharge its cargo in Syria.Grace 1, carrying Iranian oil, was stopped by Royal Marines on 4 July, triggering a standoff with Tehran.Gibraltar's chief justice, Anthony Dudley, said no US application was currently before the court.An independent legal body would make a determination on the American request, Gibraltar's Chief Minister Fabian Picardo said in a statement. It was not immediately clear when the tanker would put out to sea. UK to join US-led taskforce in Gulf Marines used brute force, says tanker c ...