On 3 August, the Jerusalem Post reported that the unannounced arrival of the plane in Argentina in June has sparked weeks of intrigue as well as concern within the Argentine government over its ties to Iran and Venezuela. The confiscation request followed the unsealing of a July 19 warrant for the aircraft’s seizure in a US federal court, which alleged that the aircraft could be confiscated because it violated export control laws, The DoJ argues that the US-origin Boeing 747-300 aircraft is subject to sanctions as its sale from Iran’s Mahan Air to Emtrasur last year, part of the Venezuelan Consortium of Aeronautical Industries and Air Services (Conviasa), violates US export laws. Both companies are sanctioned by the US for alleged collaboration with terrorist organisations.
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