On May 25th, Venezuela’s Attorney General Tarek William Saab asked the Supreme Court to declare opposition leader and US-Proclaimed President Juan Guaido’s party a “terrorist organization,” blaming it for the ridiculous failed sea invasion.
Tarek William Saab accused the Voluntad Popular (“Popular Will”) party and its leader Guaido of promoting destabilizing actions during the coronavirus pandemic.
In a state TV broadcast, Saab said his office had asked the court “to determine if the Voluntad Popular political organization is a terrorist organization.”
Both US mercenaries that were arrested by Venezuelan authorities – Luke Alexander Denman and Airan Berry, from Silvercorp USA, were charged with terrorism.
Voluntad Popular “categorically rejected the accusations” in a statement.
Guaido responded by accusing Maduro’s government on Twitter of protecting “irregular groups,” such as the Colombian ELN guerrillas, as well as Jesus Santrich, the former head of the disbanded FARC rebels.
In the days leading up to the Attorney General’s request, Venezuela continued investigating the failed raid, and even offered the US Congress help in investigating the situation.
The Venezuelan Prosecutor’s Office sent a letter to the U.S. House of Representatives President Nancy Pelosi whereby the South American country offers its collaboration so that the lawmakers can make an exhaustive investigation about the failed raid against Venezuela.
“Our institution will do what is necessary for justice to be done and commits itself as necessary to collaborate as a sovereign power with any U.S. institution,” Attorney General Tarek William Saab said.
The official said that the letter sent to Pelosi “has been received in formal terms” and that it provides “quality information about the events that have surrounded the so-called “Operation Gideon”, the name given by the U.S. mercenaries to their failed raid.
In the letter addressing Pelosi, the Venezuelan prosecutor explained that he appeals to the high values of the supreme respect for the Constitution.
Attorney General @TarekWiliamSaab, in a letter to @SpeakerPelosi, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, present elements of the foiled mercenary invasion against Venezuela. We ask for a serious investigation that determines the responsibility of the Trump Administration. https://t.co/tkauUyoi1x
— Jorge Arreaza M (@jaarreaza) May 21, 2020
“We cannot but expect from you an exhaustive and transparent investigation for both nations and in coherence with international law.”
Saab mentioned that Silvercorp and former U.S. military personnel have not only “violated laws within Venezuela but also in the U.S. territory.”
“The evidence gathered shows links between Trump and the mercenary forces,” Saab said.
Saab wondered whether U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and Special Envoy for Venezuela Elliot Abrahams “were aware” of Silvercorp’s operations and “had their approval or participation.”
On May 21st, Venezuelan Vice President for Communications Jorge Rodríguez gave a briefing, in which he presented a “Guaido – Trump – Silvercorp Trio.”
#ENVIVO | @jorgerpsuv : tenemos audios de Clíver Alcalá en los que se evidencia parte de la conspiración que realizaban contra el Gobierno de @NicolasMaduro https://t.co/tqMKHfl0b4 pic.twitter.com/RE2LNdC0lu
— teleSUR TV (@teleSURtv) May 21, 2020
Rodriguez showed the video statements of U.S. mercenary Luke Denman, who confirmed Guaidó’s participation in the operation.
Denman explained that the idea of hiring Silvercorp was conceived by the opposition lawmaker, over the conception that the owner of this enterprise, Jordan Goudreau, had close ties with U.S.
In a conversation between Cliver Alcalá and Deputy Hernán Alemán presented by Rodriguez, it is pointed out that Jordan Goudreau was managing the “Venezuela Chapter.”
“The idea of hiring Silvercorp worked as a scapegoat, for in case of failure, we had to blame someone outside politics. Otherwise, the U.S. administration would provide the air force for the operation,” Denman confessed. “When it comes to bad calls blame is on Guaido, I think he disoriented a bunch of people.”
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