Miami Washington accuses the head of state of having allied itself with Colombian rebels to “flood the US with cocaine”. The US government’s motive is domestic, says an expert.
The United States has filed charges against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and members of his closest circle. The Washington Department of Justice accuses them of turning Venezuela into a criminal service to drug smugglers and terrorists, and stealing billions of dollars from the country. It released the charges on Thursday.
Charges from New York prosecutors have accused Maduro and Diosado Cabello, head of the ruling Socialist Party, of allying with Colombian rebels and the Venezuelan military “to flood the United States with cocaine” and drug trafficking as a “weapon against America.” “To use. In another Miami charge, the country’s chief judge, Maikel Moreno, was accused of money laundering.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo promised millions of dollars as a reward for clues to arrest or convict the accused. He spent up to $ 15 million in bounty on Maduro and $ 10 million on four of his allies.
“The Maduro regime is full of corruption and crime,” said Attorney General William Barr. “While the Venezuelan people are suffering, this clique is filling their pockets with drug money and the income from corruption. That has to stop.”
Charges against an incumbent head of state are very unusual. Acting leaders typically enjoy immunity from law enforcement under US law and international standards. Maduro is no longer recognized by the United States as Venezuelas legitimate head of state. Instead, they sided with the self-declared transition president Juan Guaido, who is fighting a power struggle with Maduro. 60 states have recognized Guaido.
Former Pentagon employee Frank Mora commented that the accusations were aimed at winning voters among Latin American immigrants in Florida rather than resolving the Venezuelan crisis. “We’re not going to go in and snap him,” said Mora, now head of Latin American studies at Florida International University. “This is not about regime change or the restoration of democracy in Venezuela. It’s about electoral politics. “