Costa Rica’s La Nacion reported today that the United States Department of the Treasury informed the authorities in that country that it believed that PSUV vice president Diosdado Cabello used a company registered in Costa Rica to launder money.

According to the newspaper, a report from the U.S. Treasury dating back to May 18 of this year alleges that Cabello orchestrated a money laundering operation that involved diverting ships carrying minerals and cash through Panama into a company registered in Costa Rica called Alunasa.  The report also alleges that Cabello ordered the Venezuelan military command to assign staff to help with his money laundering enterprise.

Citing the report, the newspaper claims that some of the money that Cabello laundered through Alunasa also made its way to Russia, and that the illicit operation also involved the trafficking of drugs.

Alunasa admitted on June 11 that at least some of its accounts were blocked and/or closed due to action by the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

Diosdado Cabello has long been accused of being intricately involved in drug trafficking, money laundering and other illicit activities from his seat at the highest echelon of power in Venezuela.  In 2015, media reports placed Cabello atop a drug trafficking cartel, and he has since been sanctioned by the governments of Canada, the United States and the European Union.

NGO: 22 Children Die of Cancer in Carabobo Due To Medicine Shortages

The Fundacion de Ayuda del Niño con Cáncer de Carabobo [Children with Cancer Help Foundation of Carabobo], an NGO that provides aid to children suffering from cancer, announced today that 22 youths with the disease have died in the state so far this year due to lack of medicine. The announcement was made by Virginia Segovia de Bolivar, the NGO’s president.

According to Segovia, the near-total lack of medicine and medical equipment in the state proved fatal for the 22 children, while the lives of another 10 “are in danger” for the same reason.

During a press conference, Segovia said:

The situation this year is dramatic. There’s no medicine, no chemotherapy, no antibiotics. Our children are dying. This year, 22 children have died, and the lives of 10 more are in danger.

Segovia called on the national government to take action, because “no child should die in the dawn of their life”.

The Foundation works to find financial aid for children with cancer.

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