Although a decision has already been made about the merchandise that was on the plane, the Argentine authorities have not decided what will happen to the crew (14 Venezuelans and five Iranians) or to the plane, meanwhile time is running out and they do not get enough evidence to determine that they committed a crime
This Monday, July 25, the federal judge of Lomas de Zamora, Federico Villena, ordered customs to release all the cargo and merchandise with which the Venezuelan-Iranian plane from the Emtrasur firm arrived in Argentina, which has been held in Ezeiza since the first days of June.
As reported by the Clarionalthough it has already been resolved to release the merchandise, no decision has been made regarding the crew, which is made up of 14 Venezuelans and five Iranians, among whom is the pilot Gholamreza Ghasemi, designated by the United States as a terrorist who belongs to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard of Iran.
At the moment they remain with their passports withheld and prohibited from leaving the country.
However, time begins to play against the Argentine Justice, which fails to gather evidence to prosecute any of the crew.
Through a statement issued last week, the Iranian Foreign Ministry protested in harsh terms to that of Argentina and called for the “immediate release” of its citizens.
An official from the Argentine embassy in Tehran was summoned to express the annoyance of the theocratic government of that nation, while Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian expressed to the Argentine diplomatic representative “the deep concern of the Iranian government and the families of the crew for the retention of their travel documents and the restriction of leaving the country, which constitutes a violation of human rights, “he said in a statement published this Wednesday at noon by the agency AFP.
“Iran asks the government of Argentina to fulfill its duties and responsibilities by ending the restrictions and facilitating the immediate departure of the five members of the Iranian crew,” the text points out.
And he adds: “The status of the Venezuelan plane and the Iranian crew members is completely legal under international law and aviation conventions, so there is no place to investigate Iranian citizens.”
Likewise, an agreement has not been reached on what to do with the Boeing 747 aircraft allegedly owned by Venezuela, after an alleged transfer by the Iranian firm Mahan Air in February of this year, a transfer that has not yet been legalized in the aircraft documents.
So far there are three options, seizure, confiscation or simply delivery to their owners.
Now, by order of the Justice, the General Directorate of Customs, which is in charge of Guillermo Michel, must immediately release the cargo of the plane that had not yet been withdrawn.
At the time, it was reported that the Emtrasur plane brought 47,822 kilos of auto parts to the country for the company SAS Automotriz Argentina, and that part of that cargo consisted of auto parts for a plant of the German company Volkswagen. But another 7,860 kilos remain in a hangar pending the judicial decision that was made this Monday.
There would be another shipment that must also be released by order of Villena, and it is from the Skylease company, which had been contracted by the same importer as Emtrasur, according to judicial sources. It would be another 8,000 kilos.
The scandal over the Emtrasur plane broke out due to the denunciation of the deputy of Together for Change Gerardo Millman. The ship had landed in Córdoba on June 6 because Buenos Aires was under fog, although hours later it was able to reach Ezeiza. That unexpected detour meant that the fuel did not reach him, that no local oil company wanted to replenish him and he could not do it in Uruguay either, where he could not even land because the plane had belonged to Mahan Air, sanctioned by the United States.