CARACAS, Thursday August 23, 2007 | Update
Minister Maduro complains about anti-government insane plans
Thursday August 23, 2007  02:36 PM

The canned food with a photo of Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez found in Peru and the scandal of the suitcase filled with USD 800,000 and seized in Argentina are part of "the same insane plot" against Venezuela, Minister of Foreign Affairs Nicolás Maduro told reporters in Brasilia on Thursday.

Maduro linked both cases and complained about "a global campaign to undermine President Chávez' leadership, characterized by candor and commitment against corruption," Efe quoted.

With regard to an international bench warrant issued by Interpol against Venezuelan businessman Guido Antonini Wilson, the holder of the suitcase, Maduro said that "it forms part of the investigation" and held the Venezuelan government harmless from the affair.
Last August 4th, on the eve of Chávez visit to Buenos Aires, the Argentinean customs seized USD 800,000 in cash that Antonini Wilson tried to bring in without declaring the amount. He landed in a private flight from Caracas. High-ranking officials with Argentinean state energy company Enarsa and senior staff with state-run oil holding Petróleos de Venezuela (Pdvsa) were also onboard the plane.

Human Rights

Ex-presidents Pastrana, Quiroga to visit Leopoldo López in prison

HUMAN RIGHTS Former presidents of Colombia and Bolivia, Andrés Pastrana and Jorge Quiroga, respectively, will travel to Venezuela on Friday to visit detained dissenter and leader of the Voluntad Popular party Leopoldo López, announced López's wife, Lilian Tintori, who will waive her right to visit his husband so the ex-presidents can meet with him.

Attorney General: Ceballos was transferred pursuant to court order

HUMAN RIGHTS Venezuelan Attorney General Luisa Ortega Díaz stated on Tuesday that the transfer of former mayor of San Cristóbal municipality, Daniel Ceballos, from Ramo Verde military prison to 26 de Julio prison, in San Juan de los Morros, Guárico state, was made pursuant to a court order issued by a judge and in compliance with all legal procedures.

Dissenters Ceballos and López's protest plans aired on alleged recording

OPPOSITION On Monday evening, Miguel Pérez Pirela, host of a TV show called "Cayendo y Corriendo" (Falling and Running), broadcasted on state-run TV channel Venezolana de Televisión (VTV), aired an audio recording of an alleged conversation between detained dissenters Leopoldo López, head of the Voluntad Popular Party (VP), and former mayor of San Cristóbal municipality, Daniel Ceballos, where they plan anti-government street demonstrations.

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