CARACAS, Thursday December 09, 2010 | Update
The family of Venezuela's President Hugo Chávez has USD 137 million in several US bank accounts, according to an investigation made by Mexican newspaper La Razón (www.razon.com.mx).
La Razón reported that "under the umbrella of power, the Venezuelan president's family has a life style that includes jewelry, cars, travels and even weapons, in contrast to Chávez's anti-capitalist discourse."
According to La Razón, reports issued by the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in 2008 show that DEA found five bank accounts in US banks amounting to nearly USD 140 million and belonging to the brothers and mother of the Venezuelan president.
The report claims that Adelis Chávez Frías, a brother of the Venezuela president, tops the lists with USD 90 million, followed by Adán Chávez, with USD 18 million.
Elena Frías de Chávez, Hugo Chávez's mother, allegedly has a USD 16 million account.
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.