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Argentina: Confusion over Iranians and Venezuelan planes

Buenos Aires ( Associated Press) — Confusion about the plane seized in Buenos Aires and about 20 of its crew members, which are under judicial scrutiny, was confirmed by the government on Wednesday for the rest of the crew to remain Iranian. There will be a coach. Venezuelan nationality.

Security Minister Aníbal Fernández said that “nothing has yet been found” linking the cargo plane of the Venezuelan company Embrasur and 19 of its crew to illegal activities, so “there is a definite possibility” that it may be a training flight. Was.

As such, the minister supported the theory recently outlined by the inspector of the Federal Intelligence Agency, Agustín Rossi, about the plane being held at Eziza International Airport on the outskirts of Buenos Aires, and whose presence has been criticized by the opposition and the Jewish community. . Rossi conceded that there may be five Iranian flight instructors, including 14 Venezuelans, although he said this was a “conjecture”.

Rossi himself also stated that the plane had arrived in the South American country from Mexico and was transporting a load for various auto parts companies in Argentina that are suppliers to automotive multinationals.

The aircraft loaded the pieces in Mexico, passed through Caracas and had to land in the Argentine city of Córdoba before arriving in Buenos Aires because weather conditions did not allow it to land directly at Eziza Airport. Once in the capital of Argentina, his cargo was verified without any problems.

The government has said that foreigners whose passports, mobile phones and computers have been confiscated by the justice system are not deprived of their liberty.

However, he cannot leave the country by the decision of Federal Judge Federico Villena. The magistrate ordered the seizure of their belongings a day earlier during police raids at the hotel where they are staying, as part of an investigation that tries to determine their identity and the reason for their arrival.

In this demand, passports of Venezuelans were stolen, while Iranians were subjected to a similar measure before the decision of immigration authorities.

The delegation of the Argentine Israeli Mutual Association and the Argentine Israeli Associations demand a “total explanation” of the reasons for the aircraft’s arrival.

Argentina was the target of two terrorist attacks: the first in 1992, which blew up the Israeli embassy in Buenos Aires, and the second in 1994, which destroyed the AMIA headquarters, which, according to local justice, was manned by the Iranian regime. , Several former Iranian diplomats and officials are under Interpol arrest warrants for attacks on Jewish mutualists.

The government says there is no arrest warrant for the crew members and that they were authorized to enter.

Minister Fernández explained that the authorities decided to retain the aircraft because, after landing in Argentina, information had been received from foreign intelligence agencies, which warned that it had been operated by Mahan Air in the past, “with the Iranian government”. A company related to the Quds force is the “revolutionary forces.” whose “members and companies were marked or defined as terrorists by the United States in 2007.

“But all this needs to be probed, we don’t make any assumptions about it,” the official said.

The government has also indicated that the plane was in Paraguay in May to search for a cargo of tobacco bound for Caracas and Aruba, while Uruguay had not recently allowed it to enter.

According to local press versions, two days after arriving in Buenos Aires, the aircraft was bound for Uruguay, where it was intended to load fuel that the oil companies had rejected on Argentine soil, and to Rio de Janeiro. After taking off at La Plata, it landed again at the same terminal for a few minutes as Uruguay did not allow it to land.

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