December 9, 2013
Venezuelan authorities link álvaro uribe to assassination attemptTuesday, August 27, 2013
Two Colombians arrested in alleged plot to kill Maduro
CARACAS — Two Colombian citizens reportedly linked to an alleged plot to assassinate Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro were arrested in Venezuela, the country’s interior minister said in a press conference yesterday.
Minister General Miguel Rodríguez Torres announced the arrests of Colombians Gueche Johan Víctor Mosquera, 22, and Erik Leonardo Huertas Rios, 18 and also linked former Colombian president álvaro Uribe to the assassination attempt.
According to Venezuelan authorities, Mosquera and Huertas Ríos are both part of a group of 10 men that was planning to kill Maduro and Diosdado Cabello, the head of the Venezuelan National Assembly.
Torres Rodríguez said the arrests were made in a small hotel in the town of Los Teques, 30 kilometres outside Caracas, on August 15. He said the two Colombians had entered the country two days before through the border state of Tachira.
According to information provided by the Colombian intelligence services, the minister said, the two men travelled to Venezuela aided by another Colombian, Alejandro Caicedo alias “David”, with whom they boarded an Avianca flight in Bogotá and landed in the border town of Cucuta.
Colombian authorities are still trying to locate Caicedo. The alleged leader of the gang, Colombian Oscar Alcántara González, has been held since March in a prison in Colombia, convicted of using minors for murder and drugs and arms-trafficking.
Rodriguez Torres said two rifles with laser sights, one AR15, one M4, 10 Venezuelan army uniforms and a photograph of Maduro and Cabello together were seized at the time of the arrests.
He said that, during interrogation, the two detainees admitted that they had met with Caicedo in a football field in the Colombian town of Soacha and that he had told them that they were in Venezuela to “kill someone but didn’t give the target’s name”.
The Venezuelan interior minister said he believed the plot was planned in Miami and Bogotá and that “álvaro Uribe is undoubtedly aware of what is happening here”, though he didn’t provide evidence.
“Everyone knows in Venezuela, in Colombia, in the world, that álvaro Uribe has control over a group of drug-traffickers,” he said.
In his Twitter account, Maduro said the Venezuelan right is “playing a dangerous game” and vowed to “guarantee peace despite conspiracies.”
“I thank the government of Colombia for its cooperation to identify the gunmen who have been captured and the rest of the gang,” the Venezuelan president added.
During Maduro’s first 100 days in office, Venezuelan authorities have reported several conspiracies, including actions against the economy, the electrical system and the oil industry, and plans to assassinate the president and Cabello.
Meanwhile, opposition leader Henrique Capriles said authorities resort to allegations of assassinations and sabotage plans to distract Venezuelans from the serious problems faced.
“I wonder if there is still someone who believes this story ... I’ve been told that (the suspects) threw (Maduro) a geography book,” he said, making fun of the president for some alleged geography mistakes he has made.
Herald with AP