A Palma de Mallorca-based airline has been added to a US sanctions blacklist for allegedly helping Iran sell drones that Russia has used to attack Ukrainian cities and infrastructure.
Dubai-based airline iJet, also known as I JET Global DMCC, is accused of collaborating with US-sanctioned Iranian firm Safiran Airport Services (Safiran) to coordinate flights between Iran and Russia.
The flights allegedly transported Iranian UAVs, personnel, and related equipment from Iran to Russia.
iJet, which has offices in the Plaza del Olivar in Palma, was included in the US Treasury sanctions list on November 15.
“The United States is determined to sanction individuals and businesses, no matter where they are located, that support Russia’s unwarranted invasion of Ukraine,” Treasury Secretary Janet L. Yellen said in a statement.
“Today’s action exposes and holds accountable companies and individuals who have enabled Russia’s use of Iranian-built UAVs to brutalize Ukrainian civilians.”
The Mallorca-based company is also accused of working with Syrian company Cham Win Airlines to facilitate the transport of Syrian fighters to Russia, according to the Treasury.
last minute reports that offices listed as Housing iJet have no trace of Housing iJet and are closed for remodeling.
Any individual found to have been doing business with iJet faces the possibility of further sanctions, while the airline’s assets can be seized and confiscated by US authorities.
News of the move follows the arrest of Mallorca-based British chief executive Richard Masters, 52, for allegedly helping a sanctioned Russian oligarch hide his ownership of a luxury yacht.
Richard Masters, 52, was arrested at the Madrid-Barajas airport on Saturday, January 21, together with Russian citizen Vladislav Osipov, 51.
The couple faces charges in the United States for money laundering and sanctions evasion for trying to conceal ownership of sanctioned Russian oligarch Viktor Vekselberg’s $90 million, 78-meter speedboat ‘Tango’.
Masters, a well-known resident of the Mallorcan town of Santa María, has been the head of the luxury yacht firm Master Yachts for the past 23 years.