Indian captain, officer of Iranian oil tanker arrested by Gibraltar police

Updated: few hours ago

London, Jul 11 (PTI) The police in Gibraltar, a British Overseas Territory on the Spanish coast, on Thursday said that it had arrested the master and chief officer - believed to be Indian nationals - of an Iranian oil supertanker seized by its officers last week.

Both men were aboard Grace 1, which is accused of violating European Union sanctions on Syria.

"As part of the ongoing investigation which led to the detention of the VCCL Grace 1 last week, the master and chief officer of the said vessel have been arrested today [Thursday] in relation to breaches of European Union Regulations 36/2012 concerning restrictive measures in view of the situation in Syria," a Royal Gibraltar Police statement said.

"This follows a protracted search of the vessel where documents and electronic devices have been seized and examined," it noted...