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Venezuelan Football Federation Mired in FIFA Corruption Scandal

The headquarters of the FVF were inspected by Venezuelan intelligence services on Wednesday (VTV)

The Venezuelan Public Prosecutor’s office has opened up an investigation into the organisation for in the wake of last week’s “FIFA-gate”. 

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Alleged Colombian Paramilitary Wanted for Murder of Robert Serra Arrives in Venezuela

Padilla Leiva, accused of assassinating socialist legislator Robert Serra, arrives at Maiquetia airport under the watch of Venez

Leiva Padilla, alias “El Colombia,” arrived in Venezuela on Saturday to face trial for the murders of socialist politician, Robert Serra, and his comrade and assistant, Maria Herrera.

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Venezuelan Defence Minister: Drug Filled Plane not of Venezuelan Origin

Lopez described press reports surrounding the crash as "manipulative" (VTV)

The Minister confirmed that the cocaine-laden plane, which crashed off the coast of Colombia on Wednesday, originated from Central America and not Venezuela. 

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Bolivarian National Guard Vehicle Burnt by Hooded Militants in Tachira State

Arson attacks are one of the most common tactics employed by anti-government groups (Twitter)
Three Bolivarian National Guards were injured in the attack, which took place on the campus of the National Experimental University of Tachira (UNET) on Wednesday. 
 

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Operation Jericho Airforce Officials Sentenced to 4-8 Years

Venezuelan Defense Minister Vladmir Padrino Lopez announces the sentencing of 8 airforce officials implicated in last year'

Eight Venezuelan military officials charged with involvement in last year’s infamous “Operation Jericho” plot against President Nicolas Maduro have been sentenced by a military court to between four and eight years in prison.

 

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Venezuelan Policeman Receives 18 Year Sentence for Murder of Teen

The sentencing of the officer responsible for Roa Nunez's death marks another step in the battle against police impunity. (

A policeman charged with murdering a 14 year old boy at an anti-government protest in Venezuela earlier this year has been sentenced to 18 years behind bars by a Tachira court.  

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South Florida Man Accused of Laundering $100M for Colombian Paramilitaries via Venezuela

Contraband of Venezuelan regulated products to Colombia has financed the growth of vast paramilitary armies along the border, wh

A South Florida man was arrested by U.S. federal authorities yesterday and charged with using his Doral-based Bank of America accounts to launder over $100 million on behalf of Colombian drug cartels and paramilitaries.

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Four Arrested after Yanomami Activist Beaten to Death by Venezuelan Police

27-year old Maita Camico was beaten to death by police on Saturday afternoon. (La Tabla/ Facebook)

Four policemen have been arrested for the murder of a 27 year-old Yanomami health activist on Saturday. 

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Maduro to "Remove Criminals" from State Housing after Deadly Shootout

Maduro stated that those found to be involved in illegal activities would be removed from the state housing complexes, after 9 m

The Venezuelan head of state responded to a shoot-out at a government housing complex on Sunday by confirming that all “criminals” would be removed from government provided houses. The incident was described as a “massacre” by the national press, and led to the deaths of 9 people.

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Indicted Caracas Mayor Transferred to House Arrest Due to Health Complications

The Mayor was arrested on February 19th for his alleged links to illegal subversive groups (Credit: teleSUR)

Antonio Ledezma, the Caracas Metropolitan Mayor arrested in February and since charged with sedition, will be transferred to his private residence later this week where he will await trial under house arrest.

 

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International Arrest Warrant Issued for Ex-Minister of Transport

Former minister of Air and Marine Transport, Herbert Garcia Plaza. (VTV)

On Tuesday, a Caracas journalist released information that a former Venezuelan transport minister has been indicted for embezzlement, for the illegal “purchase” of three public ferries.

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Venezuela Withdraws from OAS Civil Society Forum in Solidarity with Cuba

A woman holds a banner from the protest in Panama - “#GetOutChe’sAssassin, #OurIndependentAmerica #GetOutMercenaries” (Ism

Both Cuba and Venezuela have withdrawn from the 7th Summit of the Americas’ Civil Society Forum, which began in Panama yesterday, after a number of counter-revolutionary and terrorist Cubans were invited to the event. One of the summit attendees is the ex-CIA official, Félix Rodríguez Mendigutía, notorious for his role in the assassination of Argentinian revolutionary, Ernesto “Che” Guevara.

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US Backtracks, Says Venezuela is Not a Threat, as Opposition Leaders Flock to Panama Summit

The White House has admitted that Venezuela is not a threat to U.S. national security, although it has given no indication of an

On the eve of the much-anticipated Summit of the Americas, Senior White House Advisor Benjamin J.Rhodes downplayed his government's designation of Venezuela as a threat to U.S. national security on Tuesday.

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Public Prosecutor Formally Charges Rightwing Ex-Mayor Antonio Ledezma

A notorious figure in Venezuela's right wing, Antonio Ledezma played a key role both in the 1989 massacre known as the &quo

The Venezuelan Public Prosecutor's Office formally charged the former Caracas mayor Antonio Ledezma yesterday with supporting groups intent on violently destabilizing the country and has requested that the case proceed to trial.

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Venezuelan Authorities Link Crashed Plane Carrying Drugs to Mexican Government

The Cessna Conquest 441 XB-KGS crashed in the Venezuelan state Cojedes last Thursday. (www.controller.com)

A wrecked plane, discovered on 2 April in a Western region of Venezuela, was carrying nearly a ton of cocaine and was registered with the official fleet of Mexico’s Attorney General’s Office.

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