CARACAS, Wednesday November 18, 2009 | Update
Guillermo Zuloaga, the CEO of news television network Globovisión and owner of Toyota's dealers Toyoclub and Toyosan said that President Hugo Chávez ordered the judiciary his arrest under any pretext.
"We have learnt that President Chávez instructed (enforcement officials) to arrest me. He wants me in jail under any pretext (…) We want people to know the reason why I could be arrested, if they (government authorities) put me in jail. (The information) was provided by a reliable source. There are some top government officials who disagree with what is happening."
Zuloaga said that this shows that the Venezuelan judicial system is used to "persecute innocent people who disagree with the regime."
Zuloaga has been charged of usury and concealing fraudulent acts after enforcement officials raided his home and found 24 new vehicles.
02:57 PM. HEAVY RAINS. Venezuelan Executive Vice-President Elias Jaua reported that the government is designing plans to support farmers, cattlemen and peasants of the state of Mérida who have been hit by heavy rains that have caused crop losses.