(CNN Spanish) – A Paraguay intelligence official said, on Friday, that one of the crew members of the Venezuelan plane seized in Argentina is a person linked to the Quds Force of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, which he described in both cases as terrorist groups. United State.
As far as we know, the allied agencies have confirmed to us that he is an individual associated with Jerusalem. It is undoubtedly not similar, it is not a synonym or anything, it is the person. That is without a doubt. Paraguay’s Minister of National Intelligence, Esteban Aquino, told ABC radio that, in and of itself, it was already worrisome.
CNN has reached out to a spokesperson for the presidency, the Ministry of Security and Argentina’s Federal Intelligence Agency to see if they have reached that conclusion in their investigations and are still awaiting a response.
At a press conference on Wednesday, Argentina’s Minister of Security, Anibal Fernandez, announced that one of the crew members would be “the namesake” of one of the Jerusalem personnel.
The plane of Venezuela’s state airline Emtrasur has been at Ezeiza International Airport, in Buenos Aires province, since June 8. According to Argentine authorities, Emtrasur recently acquired the ship from Iranian airline Mahan Air. On May 13, the same plane landed at Guarani Airport, in Ciudad del Este, Paraguay, according to that country’s Minister of the Interior, Federico Gonzalez. Emtrasur has not yet responded to CNN’s requests for comment.
Amir Hossein Zul Anfari, director of Mahan Air’s public relations office, confirmed to the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA), that the plane in question was sold to the Venezuelan company. “The arrest of the plane, whose ownership was transferred a year ago, is due to political goals, and its crew works for the Venezuelan company, and the matter has nothing to do with Mahan Air,” he said.
For his part, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman, Saeed Khatibzadeh, referred to the plane incident and said, according to Agence France-Presse, that “the past few weeks have been full of propaganda, psychological operations and war of words in order to” provoke a feeling of insecurity (in Iran) and this issue is part of So “.
Ignacio Grimaldi contributed to this report.