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Alleged Paramilitary Charged with Murder of Robert Serra, Awaits Trial in Venezuela

Leiver Padilla arriving in Venezuela following his extradition from Colombia (AVN)

Alleged Colombian paramilitary Leiver Padilla (alias "El Colombia") has been formally charged by Venezuelan prosecutors with the murder of the young socialist parliamentarian Robert Serra and his partner Maria Herrera.

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Murderer of Sabino Romero Given Maximum Sentence in Historic Ruling

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Venezuelan social movements celebrated victory on Friday following a long awaited court ruling sentencing to 30 years the man accused of murdering Yukpa indigenous leader Sabino Romero.

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Venezuela Frees Ex-Defense Minister Convicted of Corruption

Raul Isaias Baduel (Photo: archive/UltimasNoticias)

Former defense minister Raul Isaías Baduel was granted parole by a Venezuelan military tribunal yesterday after serving six years for corruption charges.

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Venezuela Ramps Up Anti-Crime Offensive, Targets Hoarding and Contraband

176,000 liters of gasoline confiscated by authorities in Zulia state (@VTVcanal8)

Venezuelan security forces executed major raids on criminal groups engaged in hoarding and contraband on Sunday morning as part of the Bolivarian government’s ongoing, national anti-gang offensive.

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Riot in San Felix Highlights Economic War

The unrest began at 7:30 AM on Friday. (Panorama/Twitter)

On Friday morning, residents of San Felix, a city in Venezuela’s southeastern state of Bolivar, overturned a bus and looted various markets, in a mass reaction to rising prices. One man was killed in the ensuing unrest and dozens injured.

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Two Ex-Venezuelan Military Officers Arrested for Suspected Drug Trafficking

Nestor Reverol, Commanding General of Venezuela’s National Guard. (Globovision/El Universal)

Two former members of the Venezuelan armed forces (FANB) were arrested Monday on suspicion of drug trafficking.

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Venezuelan Anti-Gang Offensive Arrests Hundreds, Earns Popular Support

Security personnel conduct anti-gang raid in Caracas barrio. (AVN)

Hundreds were arrested across Venezuela in a mass anti-crime operation undertaken by state security forces to liberate territories occupied by paramilitary gangs in the capital district and bordering states of Miranda and Aragua on Monday.

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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

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

Leiver 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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