CARACAS, Thursday November 17, 2005 | Update
National Assembly (AN) president Nicolás Maduro (MVR)
claimed Thursday that a meeting was held at the residence
of businessman Tobías Carrero last Monday night to try
to bribe the judge hearing the case on the murder of public
prosecutor Danilo Anderson.
The action, according to Maduro, was intended to save one of the defendants. "Tobías Carrero, Alberto Federico Ravell, Nelson Mezerhane and some lawyers closely related to the judiciary attended the meeting."
"An agreement emerged. USD 3 million would be used to save one of the persons charged with masterminding the crime," he added.
Maduro failed to clarify how Mezerhane attended the meeting if he was held in the Directorate for Intelligence, Security and Prevention. When reporters insisted on a better explanation, he commented that the businessman's relatives and representatives were present instead.
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