Venezuelan socialist Oil Minister Tareck El Aissami – a U.S.-designated drug kingpin – AnnoucedHis regime officially requested 23 “international warrants” and contacted Interpol to arrest legitimate President Juan Guaidó and the former president of Colombia, Iván Duque.
El Aissami didn’t specify his meaning. “international warrants” – i.e., which country would be issuing the warrants – nor did he explain what role the socialist regime is expecting Interpol to play. He stated that Interpol would issue warrants. “red notices,”Requests for arrests or other requests are made for those involved. Interpol is not authorized to arrest any person, but it can request member countries to make use of their sovereign rights.
El Aissami accused the group, which also included socialist opposition leader Leopoldo López, of hatching a plan to “steal and dismantle” the Colombian-Venezuelan petrochemical company Monómeros.
Monómeros — a subsidiary of Venezuela’s state oil industry, Petróleos de Venezuela (PDVSA) — is a petrochemical company located in Colombia that produces fertilizers, phosphates for cattle feed, Caprolactam, and other products. The company’s importance derives from the fact that by 2021 it was Producing 40 percent of Colombia’s national fertilizer market.
El Aissami – who has been Accusedof having links to Hezbollah terrorist group and the U.S. Department of State holds an active $10 Million fund Bossa Nova on over drug trafficking charges – claimed that the Maduro regime has denounced and submitted “evidence”An alleged plan for “steal”The company included all the accused and claimed that the people involved were not properly running the business.
El Aissami says that evidence was also provided by the Maduro government for the creation of “shell” corporations that allegedly provided Monómeros with advice to justify the payment to relatives of opposition leaders.
“They are the first to come out to talk about democracy and transparency and they are a bunch of criminals,”He stated.
In 2019, during the height of the political crisis derived from socialist dictator Nicolás Maduro holding sham presidential elections in 2018 and his refusal to step down, the administration of Juan Guaidó — who assumed Venezuela’s presidency as per the country’s constitution — took control of the company until August 2022.
Far-left Colombian President Gustavo Petro, 48 hours after assuming the presidency, orderedMaduro must be allowed to retake control. Petro and his administration do not recognize Guaidó as Venezuela’s legitimate president. Petro has Described Guaidó as a “nonexistent president.”
Petro’s administration has expressed its intention to BuyA controlling 51 percent share of the Maduro regime’s petrochemical firm. The company had been sanctioned by the Trump administration in 2019 while under control of the Maduro regime, but under Guaidó’s control was granted an operating license recently ExtendedJusqu’au June 2023
Under Guaidó’s control, the Colombian-Venezuelan petrochemical company was marreda serious accusation of corruption. The Colombian Superintendency of Corporations was established in 2021 Released a resolution that revealed that Monómeros had failed to comply with some of the country’s money laundering and terrorist financing risk self-management obligations. The report also revealed that the company’s cash flow was in the negative as of August 2021, with outstanding debt to foreign suppliers that amounted to more than $129.6 million.
The Venezuelan opposition-led National Assembly was dissolved by Maduro’s regime in 2020. Blockade a report that addressed the corruption accusations during the control of the Guaidó presidency.
While the report details many aspects of the “political responsibility” of Guillermo Rodríguez Laprea, who Guaidó designated the General Manager of Monómeros, Excused Guaidó of any corruption allegations.
Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo López, who is currently in exile in Spain, released a Statement on his personal website dated September 18 denying the Maduro regime’s accusations.
El Aissami AssertedThursday was the end of Maduro’s regime “the complete and absolute control of the Monómeros plant in Colombia.”El Aissami stated that Colombia now has ResumeHe expects some of those accused still in Colombia to be extradited by Venezuela because they have cooperated with the Maduro government’s judicial system.
“We hope that they will be captured and placed at the disposition of the Venezuelan justice system,”He stated.
Christian K. Caruzo, a Venezuelan writer, documents daily life under socialism. You can follow him Twitter here.
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