The federal prosecutor Cecilia Incardona formally requested to investigate the relationship of the pilot of the Emtrasur plane, Gholamreza Ghasemi, with possible acts of terrorism, and also charged the rest of the crew of the aircraft held days ago, in Ezeiza.
In his opinion, The prosecutor determined that “with the progress of the investigative tasks carried out, several traces emerged that impose the need to continue the investigation regarding Ghasemi Gholamreza, all the crew that depended on him, the aircraft and its cargo, according to the obligations of the Argentine State to prevent and punish acts of terrorism”.
“Such irregular circumstances lead us to investigate whether the true objective of the arrival of the aircraft in our country was exclusively to transport auto parts merchandise, or if it was based on reasons other than those alleged, and constitutes, eventually, an act of preparation to provide goods or money that could be used for a terrorist activity, its financing or organization,” said Incardona.
After receiving the FBI report confirming the direct link between the pilot of the Emtrasur plane, Gholamreza Ghasemi, with the Quds Forces, the division of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard specialized in intelligence operations, and with Hezbollah, Judge Federico Villena ran the prosecutor’s hearing over the weekend “to define the procedural object”reported Infobae.
While downplaying the FBI report, the prosecutor mentioned in her request that the FBI confirmed that Ghasemi is CEO and a member of the board of directors of Qeshm Fars Air.
Now, Incardona requested that the ownership of the Emtrasur aircraft be reliably accredited and verify whether the Mahan Air firm still has some type of relationship with it. “Mahan Air is considered a company that collaborates with terrorist organizations of its flag country, and Gholamreza Ghasemi is CEO and pilot of Oeshm Fars Air linked to Mahan Air, which today continues to command the aforementioned plane,” the prosecutor highlighted in her request. .
The prosecutor also argued that “even with the exception of the scope of the FBI report already indicated, it follows that Mahan Air was sanctioned in October 2011 by OFAC (EO 13224) for providing financial, material or technological support for the IRGC -QF and for transporting weapons and personnel for Hezbollah.”
“This sanction is not technically intelligence information, but it is perfectly corroborable data,” he added.
THE JUDGE REQUESTED 60 EVIDENCE MEASURES
Parallel to the accusation by the prosecutor, Judge Villena continues to advance in the investigation, and in a week he ordered some 60 pieces of evidence and the file totals eight bodies. Many of them have not yet made it to court.
The magistrate awaits with expectation a definitive report on the phones and tablets seized from the crew. Preliminary reports so far have not produced convincing evidence for the file. The analysis of the two “black boxes” of the plane is also pending.