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Plane causing tension in ties between Venezuela and Argentina: Maduro demands return of Boeing seized two months ago

Venezuela has specifically demanded from Argentina the return of the Amtrasur company aircraft kept in Buenos Aires from June 8 with 19 crew members, five of whom are Iranians. On Monday, President Nicolás Maduro warned his Argentine counterpart Alberto Fernández, as diplomatic tensions escalated, that he was, well, “hot”. [molesto] for the theft of planes in Argentina”. This Tuesday, Venezuelan Airlines employees marched to parliament under the slogan “Back the plane.” Inside the building, in a busy session, Chavismo spoke to the United States on Argentina’s justice system. accused of being under the yoke of.

“The plane and our hijacked brothers are being returned to us!” The head of the National Assembly, Jorge Rodriguez, said during a session in which a deal was approved in denial of “the perverted intent of the illegitimately appropriate US government”. Hijacked plane. “Don’t let them come to us with lies, it was an obscene kidnapping. We want our compatriots back who are being arrested in Argentina without any pretext.

A Boeing 747 Dreamliner, Venezuela registration YV3531, is being held at Eziza International Airport in Buenos Aires. It belongs to Venezuelan public company Emtrasur and was recently acquired from Iranian airline Mahan Air. Both companies have been banned by Washington, which is accused of providing logistics services to terrorist groups.

Argentine justice awaits reports from the United States, Uruguay, Venezuela, Aruba and the Dominican Republic. Judge Federico Villena in charge of the investigation wants to determine whether the purpose of some of the crew members was different from what was stated in the voyage plan. The plane was carrying auto parts and cargo from a multinational company, but a complaint by the Delegation of the Argentine Israeli Associations (DAIA) turned its eyes to five Iranians. His presence upset the South American country’s Jewish community, which sought an explanation as to whether he had links with some of the accused in the 1994 attack that destroyed the AMIA headquarters in Buenos Aires, which killed 85 people.

Rodriguez, one of Chavismo’s stalwarts, went even further by conditioning the Argentine prosecutor to call the case a “con” and a return to negotiations with the Venezuelan opposition, which has been pushed by the international community and has been around for a year. have stopped. What happens to the detained planes? “We are not going to proceed in matters of negotiation or in matters of negotiation, or in any matter. Very simple, as we said with the kidnapped diplomat Alex Saab. In addition, he announced that this Wednesday he would mobilize in protest against the Argentine embassy in Caracas. “Don’t let the demons go, because if anyone knows the road, it’s Venezuela’s Bolivarian revolution,” he warned. Sources in Argentina’s foreign ministry indicated they would not respond to the Maduro government’s allegations as they believe they are facing a judicial case.

Maduro on Monday took a tough stand against President Fernandez, whom he considered an ally until recently. Venezuela stoked the fire of Argentina’s internal politics and sought the support of the Peronist movements, which make up the executive. “We won’t let the plane be stolen! We are very excited about the plane theft in Argentina; Enough of the abuses; Enough!” he said. Diosdado Cabello, supposedly number two of Chavismo, also leveled against the President of Argentina. “We don’t want that plane in five years, we want it now because that plane is from Venezuela.”

Venezuelan company Emtrasur’s Boeing 747-300 photographed at Córdoba Airport (Argentina) on June 12, 2022.Sebastian Borcero (AFP)

On Monday of last week, an Argentine judge returned the passports of 12 crew members – one Iranian and the rest Venezuelans – but upheld the passports of the other seven – four Iranians and three Venezuelans. Passport holders are free to leave the country. In a 260-page judgment issued by the state news agency spider web Vilena explained that he wanted to know whether “under the guise of legitimate activity or ‘screens’, part of the crew would (…) be financing terrorist operations (especially with Hezbollah)” or if they would ” part of a plan”. linked to that terrorist organization.” The judge based the right that countries “must adopt preventive measures to suppress the preparation for any act of terrorism, noting that the first step in doing so is financing.”

This is an extremely sensitive issue in Argentina, a country where there have been two terrorist attacks against the Jewish community: Two years before the AMIA bombing, a car bomb fell on the Israeli embassy building in Buenos Aires and killed 22 people. A recent report by Israel’s intelligence service, Mossad, described how Hezbollah prepared both attacks from the region, with specifically those sent to Argentina by the terrorist organization.

Meanwhile, the judge is awaiting information sought from third countries. From Uruguay he wants to know why he prevented the Emtrasure flight from landing even though he had already authorized the route; Data was sought on the arrival and departure of passengers on various flight scales prior to landing in Buenos Aires from Venezuela; I ask Aruba and the Dominican Republic for details about the passage of aircraft through their territories. So far they have only received a response from the United States. The FBI provided a document relating to “Iranian civilian Gholmareza Ghasemi (the pilot of the Embratoor aircraft) along with designated terrorist groups, the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC¬QF) and Hezbollah’s Quds Forces”, the judge wrote. In his mistake.

The United States government has been most proactive in this cause. A Colombian court asked Argentina to confiscate the plane for alleged violation of export laws. The Boeing 747 is of American origin and its transfer from Iranian company Mahan Air to Venezuelan Emtrasur involved two companies that Washington considers to be logistics providers to terrorist organizations.

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