Emtrasur plane case in Argentina: kidnapping or justified action?

The US insists that Argentina hand over a Venezuelan plane

Federal Judge Randolph Moss ordered this Thursday, May 4, that the seizure of the plane of the Venezuelan company Emtrasur, held since last year at the Ezeiza Airport in Buenos Aires, Argentina, be made effective.

The Argentine magistrate who intervenes in the case, Federico Villena, for the moment, has not received any request in this regard.

The official request came from the prosecutor Rajbir Datta, who required a US court last Wednesday to proceed with the seizure of the aircraft purchased by the Venezuelan company for the alleged “violation of United States export laws.”

The plane was bought by the Venezuelan state company Conviasa from the Iranian company Mahan Air.

According to internal US legislation, the planes owned by the Persian nation could not circulate without violating Washington’s anti-terrorism policy, despite which the aircraft made commercial flights to Iran, the Middle East and Russia.

The judicial decision establishes, among other things, “to issue a default judgment against the Aerocargo del Sur SA Transport Company and all persons or entities that claim an interest in the sued property.”

The court ruling also orders “the forfeiture of the defendant property (Boeing 747-300 aircraft with tail number YV-3531 and manufacturer serial number 23413) to the United States of America and that no right, title or interest in the property will exist nowhere else.

other spoil

In addition to Judge Moss’s decision, the United States committed another dispossession of Venezuela, this time through the State Department, which authorized former congresswoman Dinorah Figuera to have access to bank accounts for the order of 347 million frozen Venezuelan dollars. in banks in the North American nation, according to information from specialized media, citing people with direct knowledge of the matter.

According to the sources, in recent weeks, the State Department certified opposition “officials” to “regain access” to such resources.

These are funds that the opposition has managed since 2019 -the year in which Juan Guaidó proclaimed himself “interim president” of Venezuela-, but to which said political sector had not been able to access after the end of the supposed “interim”.

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