The federal prosecutor of Lomas de Zamora Cecilia Incardona promoted the investigation of the case of the Venezuelan plane that landed last Monday in Ezeiza with five Iranians: asked to investigate whether the crew members have links to terrorism and requested that the decree summary secrecy.
Incardona presented his instruction request (necessary step for any criminal case to begin) before the judge Federico Villena, who this morning ordered that the passports of Iranian citizens be withheld. In addition, the judge had ordered yesterday – in a previous resolution that was kept in reserve – that they take the Fingerprints at the hotel where they are staying, the Plaza Canning Dessing.
Villena had taken these measures urgently, after a presentation by the DAIA, as a step prior to the formal initiation of the case, which occurs at the request of Incardona.
The judge also requested that the Airport Security Police (PSA) inform him of “any movement that occurs on the Venezuelan registration aircraft YV3531 Boeing 747 Dreamliner of the Emtrasur company, which would be at the Ezeiza Ministro Pistarini International Airport.” In principle, the plane is not prohibited from leaving the country.
In the same ruling that ordered the withholding of the passports of Iranian citizens, Villena accepted DAIA as the plaintiff, that is, as a damaged individual. This acknowledgment gives her access to the file and enables her to request evidence and appeal judicial decisions. According to the judge, the DAIA has “a legitimate interest in having the facts denounced investigated” due to “its character as a representative of the Argentine Jewish community that suffered the attack on the AMIA-DAIA as a direct victim.”
In the judicial file that investigates the plane and its crew, there is now a presentation by the opposition, the habeas corpus in defense of the Iranians and Venezuelans, and the DAIA brief.
The B747 of the Emtrasur company arrived in Ezeiza on Monday, June 6 at 3:30 p.m. Before, he had made a stop in Córdoba; reportedly for climatic reasons. The plane was coming from Caracas, Venezuela. It arrived with 19 crew members (five Iranians, the rest Venezuelans).
Two days later, the Boeing left for Montevideo, but had to return to Ezeiza, because Uruguay did not allow entry into its territory. Back in Ezeiza, Immigration decided to withhold the documentation of the crew members and give them a provisional authorization to stay in Argentina.
On Friday, the Venezuelan crew members recovered their passports. Not so the Iranians, who were allowed to leave the country anyway if they did so on a commercial flight.. On Saturday, the lawyer Raphael Resnik Brenner promoted a habeas corpus claiming for the “freedom” of the passengers and asking for the “fuel supply” of the plane (no company wanted to provide it due to the suspicions of the United States).
Yesterday, Judge Villena rejected the habeas corpus, but ordered to form a new criminal case to investigate if behind this episode there is a criminal offense of public action. Incardona promoted this new cause today.