Argentina immobilized Venezuelan plane related to Iran and sanctioned by the US

US asks Argentina to confiscate Venezuelan-Iranian plane held in Ezeiza

The ship is an artifact manufactured by the US company Boeing and the US Department of Justice indicates that the transfer of the plane between Iran and Venezuela violated laws and sanctions

The Department of Justice of the United States (USA) issued a statement on Tuesday, August 2 to request the Argentine justice to allow the confiscation of the Venezuelan-Iranian plane, which belongs to the Conviasa affiliate company, Emtrasur, currently held in Ezeiza Airport.

According to the text, which was signed by Assistant Attorney General Matthew Olsen, from the National Security Division, that the transfer of the plane -which originally belonged to the Iranian airline Mahan Air- to Conviasa was done in violation of the laws of exports and US sanctions, remembering that as it is a ship manufactured by the US company Boeing, it is subject to those regulations.

“The Department of Justice will not tolerate transactions that violate our sanctions and export laws,” the text says, as well as highlighting the “determination” of the US to hold accountable those who violate export control measures and laws.

On the other hand, the judge investigating the case, Federico Villena, returned the passport to 12 of the 19 people who were traveling on the seized aircraft.

*Also read: Four Iranians and three Venezuelans from the Emtrasur plane must continue in Argentina

The seven who are to stay – four Iranians and three Venezuelans – must settle, seek residence and present themselves every 30 days to the embassies of their respective countries.

This decision partially contravened the request made in recent days by the Delegation of Argentine Israelite Associations (DAIA), which asked that the 19 crew members of the aircraft not be allowed to leave Argentina.

The plane is a cargo Boeing 747 Dreamliner, which belonged to the Iranian company Mahan Air and today is in the hands of Emtrasur, a subsidiary of the Venezuelan Consortium of Aeronautical Industries and Air Services (Conviasa). Both companies were sanctioned by the United States Department of the Treasury for their alleged logistical collaboration with terrorist organizations.

The ship entered Argentina on June 6 from Mexico, after making a stopover in Venezuela, transferring a shipment of spare parts for an automotive company. Two days later she took off to refuel in Uruguay, but had to return to Ezeiza because Montevideo did not authorize her landing.

With information from Swiss Info / Profile / Clarion

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