July 11, 2019 / 3:24 PM / a month ago

Gibraltar police arrest captain of detained Iranian tanker

FILE PHOTO: A British Royal Navy patrol vessel guards the oil supertanker Grace 1, that's on suspicion of carrying Iranian crude oil to Syria, as it sits anchored in waters of the British overseas territory of Gibraltar, historically claimed by Spain, July 4, 2019. REUTERS/Jon Nazca

LONDON (Reuters) - Gibraltar police said they have arrested the captain and chief officer of the detained Iranian Grace 1 supertanker accused of violating EU sanctions on Syria and have seized documents and electronic devices from the vessel.

Last week British Royal Marines boarded the tanker off Gibraltar and seized it on suspicion that it was breaking EU sanctions by taking oil to Syria.

“The investigation is still ongoing and the Grace 1 continues detained,” police said in a statement on Thursday.

Reporting by Costas Pitas and Michael Holden; editing by Stephen Addison

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