A defected Syrian pilot told The Sunday Telegraph that he was part of the Syrian regime’s air fleet to Russia, where he amass money to support Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
The pilot, who asked the Telegraph to identify him as Nazim, said that he and his fellow pilots “flew a cargo plane two or three times a month” to collect funds that were used to allegedly support the regime.
Nazim explained that the cargo always had “a combination of Syrian pounds, euros and U.S. dollars.”
“When we landed at Damascus, protected cars from the Syrian bank were waiting for us at the airport to take the money straight to the bank” he said.
The Sunday Telegraph said it was not possible to verify Nazim’s account but the interviewee had presented them with a Syrian Air identity card.
The pilot said that the planes were owned by the Syrian air force but had been presented as “civilian aircraft, part of the national carrier, Syria Air,” during these trips.
Full article: Defected Syrian pilot says he made trips to Russia and Iran to ‘collect cash’ (Al Arabiya)