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Venezuelan leaders charged as narcos

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 3/27/20, 11:08 am

The United States on Thursday indicted Venezuelan dictator Nicolás Maduro and 14 members of his inner circle on corruption, money laundering, and narcoterrorism charges. The U.S. State Department offered a $55 million reward for any information leading to the arrest of Maduro and four others.

What do the indictments involve? Federal prosecutors in Miami, New York, and Washington accuse Maduro and his cronies of collaborating with Colombian rebels and military officials to transport cocaine into Central America, money laundering, and smuggling drugs across Venezuelan airspace. Maduro retorted by calling President Donald Trump a “racist cowboy” and a “miserable human being” and warned he would fight by any means necessary if the United States tried to invade the country.

Dig deeper: Read Marvin Olasky’s report on refugees who fled the Venezuelan crisis.

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Onize Ohikere

Onize is WORLD's Africa reporter. She is a World Journalism Institute graduate and earned a journalism degree from Minnesota State University-Moorhead. Onize resides in Abuja, Nigeria. Follow her on Twitter @onize_ohiks.

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  • OldMike
    Posted: Fri, 04/03/2020 12:26 am

    Anyone recall this?  Naming Manuel Noriega (corrupt dictator of Panama from 1983-1989) an international druglord was prelude to the US invasion removing him from power. He subsequently served prison sentences in the US, France, and Panama before dying in 2017.

    Maduro would be wise to accept one of the proposals  being floated to allow him to step down peacefully and seek refuge in a country like Cuba or Russia. 

    His military is keeping him in power while the only opposition is the unarmed Venezuelan populace. His military is unlikely to choose to die for him when US Marines show up. 

    Maduro could well end up like Muammar al- Gaddafi, Libya’s dictator, who died at the hands of his own people in 2011.