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Brazilian businessman denies accessing plane seized with cocaine

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Brazilian businessman Rowles Magalhães Silva denied having access to the key to the private plane seized in Salvador, Brazil, with more than 500 kilograms of cocaine on board and bound for Tires aerodrome, Cascais.

In a statement released by a law firm that represents him in Portugal, Magalhães Silva said that “At no time” had access “The key to the aircraft, nor to the place where the plane was parked in Brazil, either on the plate or in the hangar”, reported this Thursday the agency Lusa.

The Brazilian businessman pointed out that he is not the owner of the company to which the plane belongs, OMNI, but acknowledged having signed “a promise contract for the acquisition of OMNI” signed through the company Aristopreference, in which he is a partner together with businessman Ricardo Agostinho .

Magalhães Silva’s statement follows information released by the RTP on a couple allegedly attached to you and that he went to the airport in the city of Jundiai, where the plane seized with 578 kilograms of cocaine was parked, and asked the commander for the jet keys. This couple, whose identity is not known, will have had access to the aircraft after the commander consulted the direction of OMNI in Portugal and was authorized to hand over the keys, according to the same information.

In the statement, the Brazilian businessman said that “it should be the OMNI company to clarify the fate of the plane when it arrives in Portugal, because, strictly speaking, observing the images seen in the media, would imply some work, apparently time-consuming and technical, so that the narcotic product could be removed from it ”.

The Falcon 900 plane, owned by the company OMNI, was seized on February 9 after a flight from the Brazilian city of São Paulo to Salvador, capital of the state of Bahia, from where it was due to go to Portugal.

The private jet was destined for Tires, but the pilot detected mechanical failures and requested an inspection of the aircraft, during which suspicious packages were discovered, and the police were called, who seized the cocaine hidden in the aircraft’s fuselage. The drug had been divided into packages with indication of famous sports brands. On the jet’s passenger list was João Loureiro, former president of Boavista, who has already been heard by the Brazilian Federal Police (PF) and who denies any involvement in the case.

The company OMNI Aviação e Tecnologia said in a statement that it was “surprised” by the seizure of half a ton of cocaine in one of its planes.

Rowles Magalhães Silva also explained that of the passengers who were supposed to board the plane, they only know João Loureiro, of whom he is a friend and with whom he also maintains a professional relationship. The Brazilian businessman concludes the statement by stressing that he is “willing to collaborate in finding the truth ” to “restore the truth of the facts and your personal reputation”.

The case is being investigated by the Brazilian Federal Police and by the Portuguese Central Department of Investigation and Criminal Action, and is under secrecy.

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