CARACAS, Friday May 14, 2010 | Update
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.
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.