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Iran says it has already sold the freighter oil seized in Gibraltar

August 26, 2019

GENEVA, Aug. 26 (Reuters / EP) –

Iran has already sold the oil transported by the 'Adrian Darya' freighter, held for more than a month in Gibraltar, although its authorities have not clarified who is the buyer of a controversial supply that raised doubts as to its possible destination.

Gibraltar retained the ship on July 4 – then called 'Grace 1' – on suspicion that it was heading to Syria, which would be a violation of the embargo imposed by the European Union. Finally, despite the attempts of the United States to block it, the 'Adrian Darya' sailed on August 18.

An Iranian government spokesman, Ali Rabiei, has confirmed Monday the sale of crude oil without clarifying who, according to the IRIB news agency. “Now, the owner and the buyer of the oil will decide the fate of the freighter,” Rabiei explained. On board there is the amount equivalent to two million barrels.

Refinitiv Eikon data places the ship south of Greece, a country that has already warned that it will not yield any of its ports for docking. The record does not show Turkey as a new destination, despite the fact that it was noted during the weekend, so the question remains.