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
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 Lilian Tintori, the wife of jailed Venezuelan dissenter Leopoldo López, announced on Wednesday that she would attend the United Nations (UN) General Assembly in New York next week to present the case of her husband, who was sentenced to nearly 14 years of imprisonment, and also the situation of dissenters described as "political prisoners" by the Venezuelan opposition.
LEOPOLDO LÓPEZ The conviction of almost 14 years of prison meted to Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo López and the Venezuela-Colombia border crisis were the main subjects in the remarks made by the deputies of the Parliament of the Common Market of the South (Parlasur) in their Monday session in Montevideo.
LEOPOLDO LOPEZ The United Nations UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention urged the government of Venezuela to release opposition leader Leopoldo López, who was sentenced on September 10 to nearly 14 years in prison.