The US judiciary has sentenced Víctor Mones Coro, owner of a charter airline, to almost five years in prison in violation of the sanctions imposed on Venezuela for the transportation of Oil Minister Tareck el Aissami and businessman Samarck López Bello. on which an arrest warrant weighed.
According to a statement by the New York Southern District Prosecutor’s Office, the transfers include trips of “strategic importance” such as trips to Russia and Turkey.
Thus, these flights would have been “hidden” from the US authorities by a system that included the use of false flight certificates and transfers to front companies.
“For years, Víctor Mones Coro led a program to provide multi-million dollar aviation services to Venezuelan leaders in a direct violation of our country’s sanctions system and foreign policy,” said the New York Southern District Attorney’s Office. Audrey Strauss.
Mones Coro, 52, used American Charter Services (ACS) to transport senior officials in Nicolás Maduro’s government, many of whom were sanctioned by Washington.
“Today’s verdict is a reminder that, together with law enforcement, we will aggressively prosecute those who violate sanctions,” said Strauss.
The Justice Department has also stated that Mones Coro participated in Maduro’s campaign for the 2018 election and that he coordinated a number of flights within Venezuela between February and May of that year.
In López’s case, the US government associates him with organized crime and Aissami himself. In that sense, he has repeatedly accused him of conspiring to evade drug-related sanctions against Venezuela, and in that sense He reminded that both he and El Aissami – being offered $ 10 million for their capture – are being tried in a New York court. The businessman would have acted as the front man for El Aissami.