The Special Prosecutor of the Republic, José Hernández, presented this Friday a report which summarizes the most important legal aspects of the accusations announced last March 26th by the U.S. Department of Justice against members of the Venezuelan regime.
In the document, Hernández reiterated that the accusation is directly against Nicolás Maduro Moros, Diosdado Cabello Rondón, Hugo Armando Carvajal Barrios, Clíver Antonio Alcalá Cordones, Luciano Marín Arango (aka Iván Márquez, a member of the FARC) and Seuxis Paucis Hernández Solarte (aka Jesús Santrich, also of the FARC).
The report also stresses that the charges are based on four counts: narco-terrorist conspiracy, conspiracy to import cocaine, possession of weapons and destruction equipment and conspiracy to possess weapons and destruction equipment.
“In summary, the indictment states that Nicolás Maduro, even during the regime of Hugo Chávez, used the institutions of the Venezuelan State to create a network associated with the illegal trade of cocaine, which would give rise to the ‘Cartel of the Suns’, which promoted violent and terrorist conspiracies, because of its association with the FARC,” reads the statement.
Hernández also recalled that these conspiracies carried out by members of the regime allowed the mobilization of FARC facilities in Venezuela and the organization of the cocaine trade to the United States. He explained that to carry out this task, they bribed officials of the then Chávez and Maduro regime, especially for the use of ports and other infrastructure.
The full statement follows: