(CNN Spanish) — The Federal Police of Argentina reported this Tuesday through a statement that the release of 14 crew members of the Venezuelan plane held in the country since June has been authorized. Eleven of those released are Venezuelan and three are Iranian.
According to the information provided by the Police, a federal court was in charge of issuing this authorization for the surcharges to leave, but it was added that there are still two other Iranian citizens and three Venezuelans prohibited from leaving.
In an interview with Telesur, the president of the Aerocargo del Sur Transport Company (Emtrasur), César Pérez, said that the announcement is “an important advance.”
The Boeing 747-300 aircraft held at the Ezeiza International Airport since June 8 was seized by order of an Argentine judge in response to a request from the United States Department of Justice that argued that the aircraft is subject to confiscation, on the basis of basis that its transfer to Emtrasur would violate US export laws.
The aircraft was sold to Emtrasur a year ago by Mahan Air, an Iranian airline that the US government says is affiliated with the Quds Force, an arm of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps that Washington considers a terrorist organization.