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Four Indians on board detained Iranian tanker arrested, say Royal Gibraltar Police

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12th July, 2019 22:31 IST

The Royal Gibraltar Police on Friday said that it had arrested four Indians aboard the Iranian Grace 1 tanker that had been detained last week after being suspected to have broken European Union sanctions by transporting oil to Syria, Reuters reported.

“All four men are Indian nationals and they have been granted full legal assistance,” Gibraltar police, British Overseas Territory on the Spanish coast, said in a statement. The authorities also said that the arrested were being provided consular access.

The police said the Indian High Commission in the United Kingdom had been informed. A Royal Gibraltar Police spokesperson said that the Indians were being questioned and the investigation was going on, but “they have not been charged”, according to PTI.

The Indian High Commission in London said that it had been in touch with the authorities and “consular access has been sought and all assistance will be provided to the Indian citizens”.

The tanker was carrying crude oil from Iran to the Baniyas Refinery in Syria in violation of the sanctions imposed on the latter. It was detained by the Gibraltar port and law with the help of Britain’s Royal Marines.

Meanwhile, the United Kingdom on Friday decided to send a second warship to the Gulf amid escalating tensions with Iran, BBC reported....

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