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Chávez critic talks from the jail

Ex Defense Minister: "I am not a political prisoner, but a convict of Chávez"

Former minister Raúl Baduel considers that whoever goes against “the whims of Hugo Chávez" is exposed to the excessive use of power and authoritarianism

He predicts that others who oppose the head of state will have the same fate (Photo: Cheo Pacheco)

Former Defense Minister Raúl Isaías Baduel does not consider himself a political prisoner but a convict of President Hugo Chávez. Baduel predicts that others who oppose the Venezuelan president will have the same fate.

"Whoever goes against the whims of Hugo Chávez is exposed to the excessive use of power and authoritarianism," Baduel told Reuters on Thursday in an interview via his cell phone in a military prison. "Everyone must accept the consequences of his actions," he said.

Baduel was prosecuted for corruption following his criticisms of the "socialist revolution" in 2007.

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