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Venezuela prez is charged in US with drug trafficking

Date: 27-03-2020
Subject: Venezuela prez is charged in US with drug trafficking
WASHINGTON: President Nicolas Maduro of Venezuela was charged in the US on Thursday with drug trafficking crimes after an investigation by federal authorities in Washington, New York and Florida, people briefed on the matter said. The charges were expected to be announced on Thursday morning at a live-streamed video news briefing by the head of the US justice department's criminal division in Washington and the top federal prosecutors in New York and Miami, according to a news advisory. 

In addition to Maduro, charges are also expected to be announced against nearly a dozen others, including the Venezuelan government and intelligence officials and members of the largest rebel group in Colombia, the Revolutionary Armed Forces, known as FARC, which has long drawn its financing from the cocaine trade. Few details of the charges were not available early on Thursday, but the charges included narco-terrorism conspiracy and conspiracy to import cocaine into the United States. 

The charges come a month after President Trump, in his State of the Union address, called Maduro "an illegitimate ruler, a tyrant who brutalises his people," and vowed that "Maduro's grip on tyranny will be smashed and broken." 

For years, watchdog groups have accused Maduro's aides of working with drug lords to line their pockets and prop up the crumbling state. 

Source:- timesofindia.indiatimes.com

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