(CNN Spanish) — The Aerocargo del Sur Transport Company (Emtrasur) of Venezuela filed in Argentina, through the lawyer Ramón Daniel Trava, an appeal against the judicial order for the seizure of one of its planes in that country, arguing that “a irreparable lien,” according to the document to which CNN had access.
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, which argues that the aircraft was subject to confiscation based on the on the grounds that its transfer to Emtrasur would violate US export laws. The Jumbo jet was sold a year ago to Emtrasur by Mahan Air, an Iranian airline that the US government says is affiliated with the Quds force, an arm of the U.S. Guard. Islamic Revolutionary Union that Washington considers a terrorist organization.
The detention of the plane as well as the acceptance of the US request has created diplomatic tension between the governments of Alberto Fernández and Nicolás Maduro, who has demanded the release of the crew as well as the return of the Boeing. Emtrasur is part of the Venezuelan state consortium Conviasa.
Additionally, a source from the Argentine government and a source close to the defense confirmed to CNN that Maximiliano Rusconi, the high-profile Argentine lawyer linked to Kirchnerism, visited Venezuela last week and held a meeting with Vice President Delcy Rodríguez and Foreign Minister Carlos Faría to advise the Maduro government on the cargo plane case.
Rusconi is also a lawyer for Julio de Vido, Minister of Federal Planning of Argentina during the governments of Néstor Kirchner and Cristina Fernández de Kirchner (2003-2015). De Vido is one of those accused of alleged illicit association and alleged fraud against the public administration in the oral and public trial that also has among those accused the current vice president of the country, Fernández de Kirchner.
De Vido was a prominent figure during the Kirchner governments and was one of the negotiators with the Venezuelan government during the administration of the late President Hugo Chávez. De Vido rejects all the accusations against him.
The well-known lawyer and former prosecutor also joined the cause of the death of prosecutor Alberto Nisman in defense of one of the defendants, Diego Lagomarsino, accused of allegedly having delivered the weapon that ended the life of the prosecutor in suspicious circumstances and still unclarified. .
CNN has reached out to Rusconi’s office but has so far received no response. He also contacted the Vice Presidency and the Foreign Ministry of Venezuela, without having received any comment so far.
Currently, the court case on the plane is divided into two files in charge of federal judge Federico Villena. In the original case, the crew and the destination of the trip made by Emtrasur to Argentina are investigated. Additionally, there is another process under development at the request of the US justice system, by which the aircraft was held in Argentina at the disposal of both countries, after having been subject to a routine inspection by the FBI and under the supervision of the Police. Federal Argentina.