October 25, 2016

US accused of kidnapping Venezuela’s first lady’s nephews

President Nicolas Maduro with Cilia Flores and Diosdado Cabello

The leader of Venezuela’s National Assembly, Diosdado Cabello, on Monday charged against the United States of abducting two nephews of first lady Cilia Flores.

The two were arrested in Haiti last week and taken by the US Drug Enforcement Administration to New York and charged with drug trafficking.

Mr Cabello said the arrests were “irregular” and had been carried out to damage the governing party ahead of legislative elections on 6 December.

US-Venezuelan ties have been fraught.
The two nations have not exchanged ambassadors since 2012 and Venezuela regularly accuses the US of trying to destabilise the Latin American country.

In an interview with Venezuelan TV, he said that he did not consider it an arrest.

“A plane went to Haiti with six people and they kidnapped two,” he said referring to the fact that the four other people on board had not been charged.

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