Mexico's ambassador to Venezuela released after hours of abduction
Unofficial information suggests that a heavy security operation implemented early on Monday at the roads leading to Caracas came in response to the kidnapping of Mexico's ambassador to Venezuela Carlos Pujalte
Checkpoints of the Bolivarian National Guard (GNB) were set up at the different highways leading to Caracas early on Monday in order to check vehicles in search for Mexican Ambassador to Venezuela Carlos Pujalte, who was allegedly kidnapped late on Sunday, according to unofficial sources.
Unofficial reports also claimed that Pujalte was released in the early hours of Monday in the low-income area of Chapellín, north Caracas. So far, police officers have only confirmed that Pujalte's car, a BMW license plate number 5301, was found.
Agents of the Scientific, Criminal and Forensic Investigation Agency (Cicpc) are conducting the relevant investigations at the headquarters of the Embassy of Mexico, located in the Forum building in El Rosal, east Caracas.
The National Guard checkpoints resulted in traffic jams all over the Venezuelan capital, as National Guard officials restricted vehicular passage to check the vehicles leaving Caracas.
With reporting by Migdalis Cañizález
Cristian Fonseca, a businessman in La Candelaria district downtown Caracas, was doing the accounts in his small shop office on Sunday December 21, 2008. The Christmas shopping season kept him working late hours into the night. It was around 11 p.m. and his phone rang. A friend broke the bad news to him over the telephone.