Esteban Aquino, head of Paraguay’s intelligence service, said this Friday (17) that one of the Iranian staff. Venezuelan cargo plane stranded in Argentina Gholamreza Ghasemi, an ally of the Iranian al-Quds force.
“Captain Gholamreza Ghasemi is not a name. He is a person linked to al-Quds,” Aquino told the AFP, adding that Iran’s elite force of revolutionary guards has been classified by the United States as a terrorist organization.
“When we received this confirmation, we alerted our colleagues in the region and in other parts of the world,” the official said, noting that the warning was “given in good time.”
His statement contradicted Argentine Defense Minister Anibal Fernandez, who said on Tuesday that the names were only coincidental.
“They are homonyms, nothing more than that,” Fernandez said, describing an identification test conducted by Argentine federal police.
A cargo Boeing 747 with its crew of 14 Venezuelans and five Iranians has been detained in Buenos Aires for a week under trial. The court barred 19 employees from leaving the country.
The plane, which was in Paraguay in May, was owned by Emtrasour, a subsidiary of Venezuela’s Conviasa under U.S. treasury sanctions. It was purchased a year ago from Iranian airline Mahan Air.
Aquino added, “Warning on the plane and crew. Evidence that the warning came was an intervention. There was a good warning at the right time,” he reiterated, “recognizing the rapid reaction of the Argentine government and the Uruguayan.” “.
The plane arrived in Argentina on June 6 from Mexico with car parts. Unable to refuel in Buenos Aires, he tried to leave for Uruguay on June 8, but Uruguayan authorities refused to allow him to enter.
Uruguay’s Interior Minister Luis Alberto Heber announced on Thursday that his country had received a “formal notification” from Paraguay’s intelligence.
“We were able to work quickly with the defense minister to prevent the plane from entering Uruguayan airspace,” Heber added.
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