Venezuelan Oil Minister Tareck El Aissami
Updated: Aug 22, 2021
They denounce that Turkish businessman helped negotiate a charter flight for Tareck el Aissami to travel to Turkey in 2019
by Maibort Petit
MONDAY, JUNE 28, 2021
Turkish businessman Sezgin Baran Korkmaz, who is wanted by the United States on money laundering charges, bought a private jet with US government funds and the aircraft was used by Washington-sanctioned Venezuelan Oil Minister Tareck El Aissami, according to the statement by Turkish academic İmdat Öner, published by the news portal ahvalnews.com
El Aissami, who has been indicted in the United States on drug trafficking charges, used the Korkmaz plane to fly to Turkey in January 2019, when he met with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the policy analyst said on Twitter at the review posted by Ahval.
The United States accuses Korkmaz, who is in Austrian police custody, of laundering more than $ 133 million in fraud proceeds through bank accounts he controlled in Turkey and Luxembourg and seeks to extradite the Austrian businessman so he can appear before a American judge, says the note from the Turkish portal. El Aissami is sanctioned by the Office of Foreign Assets Control of the US Department of the Treasury and is on the list of the 10 most wanted by the US customs agency. As a drug trafficker, he used Korkmaz's private plane to fly from Istanbul to Moscow on February 23. 2019, and from there back to Caracas, according to Önder. Korkmaz bought the plane with funds from the US Treasury, used in a money laundering scheme in Turkey, he said, citing the indictment against the 43-year-old Turkish businessman. Korkmaz's flights to Venezuela continued despite the arrests of suspects accused of violating US sanctions, the academic said, referring to the case of León Maal, who helped El Aissami charter a private flight from the International Airport. Vnukovo in Russia to Simón Bolívar International Airport in Venezuela in February. of 2019. Subsequently, Maal was arrested and charged in Florida for being part of the conspiracy against the Kingpin Law of the United States by participating in flights to Russia, Turkey, the Dominican Republic and Venezuela with El Aissami. El Aissami arrived in Turkey in February 2019 to finalize a gold trade deal with Ankara at a time when the government of embattled Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro was increasingly turning to Turkey as a partner to break its isolation. Korkmaz's connections to the Turkish president and his inner circle make his possible extradition and testimony regarding money laundering and wire fraud charges a sensitive matter for Erdogan and his ruling party. Author: Maibort Petit at 11:18 No comments: Send by e-mailWrite a blogShare with TwitterShare with FacebookShare on Pinterest Tags: Transnational Organized Crime , Önder , pdvsa , Recep Tayyip Erdogan , Sezgin Baran Korkmaz , Tareck El Aissami