Venezuelan pilots arrested in Peravia Bank jet case
Public prosecution confirmed the arrest of four Venezuelan pilots and two maintenance mechanists accused of having attempted to fly out of the country on a jet said to be owned by one of the main officers of Banco Peravia that is fugitive of Dominican justice. An Interpol arrest ordered has been issued for him. The pilots arrested are Armando Gutierrez, Victor Alvarez, Jorge Yghel and Alexander Lira. The Cessna 550 with US registration N61MA jet is said to be owned by Jose Luis Santoro, former CEO of the bank. The four pilots arrived to the La Isabela Airport on board a Commander AC90, Venezuelan registration YV3962 piloted by Armando Gutierrez and Jorge Ygner. The confiscated plane would be piloted by Victor Alvarez and Alexander Lira.
As reported in El Dia, when the pilots would have removed the airplane from the hanger of the La Isabela airport one of the technicians ascertained that there was a retainer order on the airplane, and alerted airport security services.
Another Venezuelan Jose Basilis said he is the owner of the airplane, according to his lawyer in the DR Julio Pena Guzman who is also representing the other pilots. The Public Prosecution today needs to decide whether pretrial detention will be ordered for the pilots.
March 9, 2015
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