Premiere CC problem importing avi with mp3@44.1khz

I have some avi files with an MP3 audio track coded @44.1khz, 16bit stereo.
When I import these avi files into Premiere, it makes the audio track 11khz 16bit mono and obviously it can be heared some cracks and pops sometimes.
Other avi with MP3 @32khz or 48khz import well, so the problem is with 44.1khz.

What can I do to correct import those files?

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