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Argentine Justice takes on the incident of the US Air Force plane cargo

Posted in News and Articles, Political Risk by politicalrisklatam on February 16, 2011

by Merco Press News, February 16th, 2011.

Argentine Judge Ezequiel Berón de Astrada requested on Tuesday Foreign Minister Héctor Timerman; Security Minister Nilda Garré; and the US Embassy “all the information they have” on the incident regarding the US Air Force plane seized in Ezeiza international airport.

Judicial sources reported that the judge also demanded the details of the bilateral US/Argentina security cooperation agreement, after the notification that stated that the weapons and other material found in the plane where destined to be used on the course to train Federal Police Special Operations Squad (GEOF).

The head of Customs, María Tirabassi; the Deputy Director of the Metropolitan Customs Operations, Daniel Santana; and Deputy Director of the AFIP revenue office, Pedro Roveda, have already been summoned by the judge.

During the encounter, the officials told the judicial investigators that they did not send the report of the episode to court because they did not consider “there was a customs violation or an illegal action.” (continue reading… )


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