Colombian Paramilitary Men Were Contacted to Overthrow Chavez
Escrito por Lourdes chang
viernes, 11 de mayo de 2012
Bogota, May 11 (Prensa Latina) Former leader of the United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia (AUC) Salvatore Mancuso revealed today that Venezuelan generals and politicians contacted them to create a similar structure in this country and overthrow Chavez.
According to Mancuso, "at some point" such group of Venezuelans, without specifying names, contacted the then paramilitary leader Carlos Castaño, assassinated in 2004, aiming at creating a paramilitary bloc in the neighboring country.
"A few people arrived interested in forming Self-Defense Forces in Venezuela to overthrow President Chavez, but not attempting to assassinate him," Mancuso affirmed from the United States in an interview with Caracol Radio.
Mancuso pointed out that the generals and politicians wanted to establish a new regime in Venezuela through a coup.
In the neighboring country, director of the Bolivarian National Intelligence Service (SEBIN), Miguel Rodriguez, recently recalled that eight years ago, 160 Colombian paramilitary soldiers were arrested in El Hatillo, east Caracas.
Back then, those men, according to evidence collected by SEBIN, aimed at implementing a destabilizing plan in Venezuela by carrying out a coup against Chavez, Rodriguez underlined.
Mancuso announced that the government of Former President Alvaro Uribe attempted to silence him by sending him to the United States.
For Mancuso, who has recognized his participation in no less than 300 murders, Uribe´s message bearing that decision aimed at silencing the leaders of Self-Defense Forces, a demobilized group during a peace process in 2005.
The former paramilitary leader, sent to the United States in 2008, that the Uribe administration had promised not to extradite him.