Kathmandu, August 18 (Nepal Niti)-The US justice department has issued a warrant to seize a detained Iranian oil tanker, a day after a judge in Gibraltar ordered it to be released. The Grace 1 supertanker, which is carrying 2.1m barrels of oil was detained on July 4.
The Warrant issued by a US federal court in Washington on Friday is addressed to the United States Marshals Service and/or other duly authorized law enforcement officer. It called for the tanker and the oil board to be seized. It has also ordered the seizure of $995,000 from an account at an unnamed US bank linked to Paradise Global Trading LLC, an Iranian company.
The Justice Department said the ship and the firm had been involved in violations of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, bank fraud, money laundering, and terrorism forfeiture statutes. A network of front companies allegedly laundered millions of dollars in support of such shipments, \Federal prosecutor Jessie Liu said