Argentina allows departure of Venezuelan plane with part-Iranian crew after detention
The other five crew members of a Venezuelan cargo plane detained since June in Argentina have been granted permission to leave the country, court officials told local media on Friday.
The three Iranians and two Venezuelans are part of a group of 19 crew members of a Boeing 747 freighter belonging to the Venezuelan company Emtrasur, which since landing in Argentina has been involved in an international judicial and diplomatic saga.
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After the remaining 14 crew members were freed in previous months, federal judge Federico Villena determined on Friday that there was no basis to prosecute the remaining five, according to the decision published in local media. .
The judicial information will however remain open.
The Emtrasur plane first entered Argentina on June 6 from Mexico but, unable to refuel in Buenos Aires due to US sanctions against Venezuela, departed for Uruguay on June 8 .
After Uruguayan authorities denied him access, he returned to Argentina where his crew was held in a hotel.
An Argentinian judge later granted a US request to seize the plane on the grounds that laws had been broken when Iran – also under US sanctions – sold it to Venezuela.
One of the Iranian crew released on Friday, Gholamreza Ghasemi, had been linked by Paraguayan intelligence to the Al-Quds Force, an Iranian Revolutionary Guard group classified as a terrorist organization by the United States.
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