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Gibraltar arrests two more officers from seized Iranian tanker

Christian Fernsby |
Police in Gibraltar said they have arrested two more crew members from a seized Iranian tanker suspected of breaching European Union sanctions by shipping oil to Syria, a day after detaining the captain and chief officer.

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All four men are Indian nationals and are being questioned in connection with an "investigation of the suspected export of crude oil to the Banyas refinery in Syria", the Royal Gibraltar Police said in a statement on Friday.

None of them has been charged with any crime so far, the local Gibraltar Chronicle reported.

The Grace 1 vessel was intercepted by the British overseas territory on the southern tip of Spain on July 4. A senior Spanish official said the operation was requested by the United States.

The arrests of the captain and chief officer on Thursday followed "a protracted search of the vessel, where documents and electronic devices have been seized and examined", police said.

Earlier on Friday, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Abbas Mousavi issued a new warning to Britain over the impounded tanker.

"Should Britain let itself be influenced and drawn into dangerous games by the US, we would advise them to rather not do that," said Mousavi.

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