Vice President Tareck El Aissami, a child of Syrian Muslim immigrants to Venezuela, reportedly spearheaded the passport scheme, with the illegal delivery of at least 10,000 Venezuelan passports to citizens of Syria, Iran, and other Middle East nations.
Members of Iran’s terror proxy Hezbollah “are moving freely” within the United States and Latin America, courtesy of Venezuelan passports issued by a Cuban company hired by Caracas, reports the UK-based Asharq Al-Awsat.
PanAm Post El Aissami is a known entity in the world of US intelligence. He is allegedly a part of Venezuela’s state drug-trafficking network and has ties to Iran, Syria, and Lebanese terrorist group Hezbollah. According to Bloomberg, the Trump administration imposed sanctions against Venezuelan Vice President Tareck El Aissami, after years of investigation by U.S. authorities into his alleged participation in drug trafficking and money laundering.
Venezuelan Colonel Vladimir Medrano Rengifo, former Director General of the Office of Identification, Migration, and Foreigners, explained that when current vice president of Venezuela, Tareck El Aissami, was minister of Interior Relations, he ordered him not to deport the citizens who entered the country with irregular documents.
According to the colonel, El Aissami ordered him to admit about 10,500 people. “The passports were legitimate and officially issued, but the people who carried the documents were not really Venezuelans,” he explained.
They were coming in a large Airbus plane that normally arrived twice a week in Caracas, on Tuesdays and Thursdays, with 380 to 390 passengers on board. “90% of the people who came on that flight had an irregular situation,” Medrano said.
In 2015, an official of the Cuban Criminal Investigations and Criminal Investigations Corps (CICPC), identified as Misael López Soto, who allegedly served as advisor to the Venezuelan embassy in Iraq, confessed that he witnessed the Venezuelan government handing diplomatic documents to terrorists in the Middle East.
López explained in a video that embassy employees sold Venezuelan visas, passports, identity cards and birth certificates to people in Syria, Palestine, Iraq and Pakistan who paid between USD $5,000 and USD $15,000 to obtain the documents “under the watch of the Venezuelan diplomatic authorities.”
In 2008, the US Treasury Department issued a statement saying that “it is extremely disturbing to see that the government of Venezuela employs and provides refuge for Hezbollah facilitators and fundraisers.”
The Washington-based Center for a Secure Free Society published a paper entitled “Canada on Watch: Assessing the Threat of Iran, Venezuela and Cuba to Immigration Security” in 2014. The authors conclude that Venezuela issued at least 173 Venezuelan passports to radical Islamists seeking to enter North America.
Tareck El Aissami represents a double danger for the United States and the world, given his connection with two serious crimes: terrorism and drug trafficking. According to the investigations carried out the criminal organization headed by El Aissami is one of the main suppliers of the drug network that Hezbollah operates in Europe.