Argentinean authorities described as "coercion and bribery" the asylum and job offer in the United States that FBI agents allegedly made to former police agent María Luján Telpuk, who discovered the USD 800,000 that Venezuelan-American businessman Guido Antonini Wilson supposedly tried to smuggle into Argentina in August 2007.
Argentina's Minister of Justice, Aníbal Fernández, was asked about the statements made by Luján, who asserted that agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) made her an asylum and job offer in exchange for changing her attestation in a trial held in Miami in connection with the so-called "suitcase affair," EFE reported.
"In Argentina, these agents would be in prison for coercion and bribery," said Minister Fernández, who complained that "the great names of the Argentine journalism do not see these irregularities, but want to besmirch the name of Argentina."
Three Venezuelans and five Trinidadians will stand trial on January 26 under the suspicion of being involved in alleged Muslim terrorist activities in Venezuela. After nine months in prison, the defendants will appear in court to face charges of terrorism brought against them by the Attorney General Office.