Yesterday, The Wall Street Journal reported that last month, a Florida court unsealed indictments against two top Venezuelan police officials. One of the indictments dates back to April of this year, while the other is dated January 31, 2013.
One of the indicted individuals in Pedro Luis Martin Olivares, is “a former head of financial intelligence for Venezuela’s secret police”. The indictment states that Martin was involved in drug smuggling and distribution into the United States “in Colombia, Venezuela, Mexico, and elsewhere”, between the years 2000 and 2010. Martin’s indictment can be found here.
He’s the power behind the throne, the one who moves the pieces.
The other indicted individual, Jesus Alfredo Itriago, is “a former anti-narcotics official with Venezuela’s investigative police”. Itriago was indicted for distributing drugs in the United States between 2005 and 2010. His indictment can be found here.
According to The Wall Street Journal, the fact that the indictments were unsealed with such low profile could indicate the United States does not want to “draw attention” to the investigations since the National Assembly elections are two months away.
Faria: Food Lines are “Enjoyable”
Minister of Information Jacqueline Faria was at a food-distribution event in the Libertador municipality of Caracas earlier today and told the crowd that she thought that lining up for food was “enjoyable”. Faria told the crowd:
You leave your house, come here with your bag, buy things and then head home (…) this is the revolution, what our President Maduro has ordered. Asi que vamos a disfrutar de estas colas sabrosas para el vivir, viviendo. [I believe this sentence can be best translated into English as, “So, let’s enjoy these awesome lines to live well”].
Below, pictures from the line outside the Unicasa supermarket in La Candelaria, Caracas, earlier today:
People’s Defender Briefly Detained in Mexico
Tarek William Saab, the People’s Defender, was placed on “migratory alert” after being detained at the Benito Juarez airport in Mexico City earlier today on a warrant from Interpol at the request of the United States.
After his brief detention, Saab told the media that he had been interrogated regarding his reason for entering Mexico, how long he would stay and exactly what activities he would engage in while in the country. Saab traveled to Mexico to attend a United Nations human rights conference.
Saab condemned the warrant and the fact that Mexican immigration authorities complied with it. He also called the ordeal “offensive, and hurtful to a Venezuela institution”.
Guyana, Venezuela Exchange Ambassadors
Venezuela sent its ambassador to Guyana, Reyna Arratia, back to Georgetown today, while the Venezuelan government officially approved the appointment of Guyana’s ambassador to Venezuela. The exchange is the result of an agreement reached to at a meeting in New York City between Maduro and Guyanese President David Granger on September 27.
[I’ve given] express order [to Arratia] to take a message of peace, constructive dialogue and the reactivation of the different economic, energy, commercial and financial areas.
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