Wednesday, 19 June 2019

Venezuela’s interior minister says detained Guaido aide part of terrorist cell

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CARACAS: Earlier in the day, a source in the Venezuelan police in Caracas told Russian news agency RIA Novosti that Venezuela’s intelligence service had detained two associates of the country’s opposition leader, Juan Guaido.

Venezuelan Minister of Interior Nestor Reverol, during an appearance on state television, said that Roberto Marrero, an aide to the country’s self-declared “interim president” Juan Guaido, was part of a terrorist cell that planned attacks in the country and was linked with foreign mercenaries. The minister revealed an image of two rifles as evidence against the aide, who had been detained in an early-morning raid.

“The investigation carried out by intelligence agencies together with the office of the prosecutor general … led to the detention of Roberto Eugenio Marrero, 49, who is a lawyer and is directly responsible for the organization of criminal groups. A batch of weapons and cash money in foreign currency were seized from him,” Reverol said in an address aired by local TV broadcasters.

By this detention, the authorities had disrupted the activities of a terror cell that had planned to stage a number of attacks, the interior minister added. Reverol also suggested that the cell could have hired mercenaries from Colombia or Central America to attempt to assassinate Venezuelan political leaders, military personnel, judges, as well as to carry out “acts of sabotage” toward public services in order to sow chaos in the Venezuelan society.

A police source had previously told RIA Novosti that Marrero was one of two of Guaido’s aides detained that day, and that one of them was found to have rifles and a grenade in their possession.

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