Maduro: The US only choice is handing over Aponte Aponte
Venezuela's Foreign Minister Nicolás Maduro met on Monday with his Ecuadorian counterpart Ricardo Patiño
Venezuela's Minister of Foreign Affairs Nicolás Maduro labeled Eladio Aponte Aponte, ex magistrate of the Supreme Tribunal of Justice (TSJ), as a "criminal" and strongly recommended the US government to deport him to Venezuela.
"Aponte is requested under a red alert of Interpol as a result of his direct links to drug-trafficking mafias and, further, because in Venezuela there is a court proceeding related to an inquest prior to his remarks. The United States has one possibility only: handing him over; otherwise, it will be a direct accomplice of these mafias," he emphasized.
Maduro's comments came before his meeting with his Ecuadorian counterpart Ricardo Patiño, where they planned to discuss, among others, the role of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) and Venezuela's potential pullout.
José Vicente Rangel clearly said: "We are not conducting negotiations threatened with a gun in the head." He warned behind closed doors in the midst of the social upheaval occurred during the oil strike in 2002 and 2003. Dissenting Timoteo Zambrano answered back that no other option was available: "The thing is that otherwise, you do not negotiate."