Paraguayan judiciary investigates Venezuelan FM Maduro
Paraguayan Attorney General Javier Díaz entrusted public prosecutors Stella Marys Cano and Raquel Brítez with the investigation
Paraguayan judiciary reported on Monday on an investigation into the alleged meddling by Venezuelan Minister of Foreign Affairs in the affairs of the Paraguayan army in order to prevent the dismissal of deposed President Fernando Lugo.
Attorney General Javier Díaz entrusted public prosecutors Stella Marys Cano and Raquel Brítez with the investigation. Previously, Maduro was designated for soliciting the commanders of the Paraguayan army to take their troops out to the streets in an attempt at preventing Lugo's dismissal last June 22, an official communiqué specified, AFP quoted.
"It has been fully confirmed that the Venezuelan foreign minister and the Ecuadorian ambassador were present at the military cabinet of the presidency of the Republic," said Congressman José López, acting as the spokesman of a committee of the Chamber of Deputies which took on Monday the testimony of one of the commanders.
Defense Minister María Liz García de Arnold lodged the first complaint. She affirmed that Maduro "harangued the military chiefs for them to answer to a situation that was affecting the president."
"He asked them to respond at that moment, according to what could happen to ex President Lugo," she added.
According to Minister García de Arnold, the meeting between the Venezuelan Foreign Minister and the Paraguayan military chiefs was held one hour before the verdict of the Congress hearing that ended with the president's removal.
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."