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U.S. regime brings NARCO-TERRORISM charges
against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro
26, 2020 "Information
The US has indicted Venezuelan President Nicolas
Maduro on “narco-terrorism” charges. The play is
a familiar one, as Panamanian leader Manuel
Noriega was slapped with similar charges before
a US invasion 30 years ago.
Maduro and 14 current and former Venezuelan
government and military officials were indicted
on Thursday by courts in Florida, New York and
According to the Justice Department, Maduro
and his cohorts conspired with Colombian
guerillas to “flood” the US with
cocaine, transporting the drug to American
shores by air and sea.
“The Maduro regime is awash with corruption and
General William Barr said at a press conference on
Thursday. “This cabal
lines their pockets with drug money, and this has to
come to an end.”
not provide any evidence of drug seizures, but
claimed the US authorities have observed the
trafficking operation at work in Central America.
Department offered the $15 million bounty for Maduro,
along with rewards of up to $10 million each for
information on five Venezuelan political and
indictments – filed against a sitting head of
state – are a bold move. Yet Washington has
spent more than a year attempting to remove
Maduro from power. After Venezuelan opposition
leader Juan Guaido declared himself ‘interim
president’ last January, Washington was quick to
recognize him as the Latin American country’s
legitimate leader. Rounds of sanctions against
the Maduro government followed, and military
action was at one point rumored.
however, kept the loyalty of his police and
military, and remains in power in Caracas.
chances of actually arresting and prosecuting Maduro
are slim, though Barr did say that the Justice
Department is “exploring all options” when
it comes to apprehending the Venezuelan leader.
Short of arranging his kidnapping by the Venezuelan
opposition, Barr only said that the US authorities
could strike while Maduro and his associates are
traveling, itself a remote possibility amid the
global Covid-19 pandemic.
The US has
indicted only one sitting head of state before
Maduro – Panamanian ruler Manuel Noriega, in 1988.
As with Maduro, Washington did not recognize Noriega
as Panama’s legitimate leader at the time.
ally of the US, Noriega was eventually captured by
US special forces following an invasion of Panama in
1989, and convicted by a Miami court three years
later. When asked on Thursday whether military
action could be used to capture Maduro, Barr did not
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