Legislators supporting Venezuelan dictator Nicolás Maduro submitted charges Thursday against President Juan Guaidó for what they called a “robbery project” of corruption by opposition leaders, obviously an initial step to sending to prison the president.
Guaidó himself recently revealed his administration would release an examination into senior members accused of stealing cash from funds sent them planned as humanitarian aid for Venezuelan refugees in Colombia. Guaidó denied any involvement and insisted that he would haul into court anyone abusing funds.
The group of lawmakers filing their complaints with Maduro’s Chief law officer Tarek William Saab implicated Guaidó and his team of taking profits from Citgo Oil, the U.S. corporate entity connected with Petróleos de Venezuela (PDVSA), the state-run oil business. Considered that Guaidó is lawfully the president of Venezuela and Maduro is not, the administration of President Donald Trump approved Guaidó control over Citgo.
The Maduro legislators likewise required an examination into the corruption that Guaidó himself exposed among his ranks in pursuit of criminal repercussions for the president.
” We got this severe accusation revealed … which will expose that entire long list of corruption that involves Juan Guaidó and other lawmakers,” Saab said on Thursday, according to Maduro’s state-run media service.
Humberto Calderón Berti, a previous ambassador now leading the charges versus Guaidó, claimed that the head of Guaidó socialist Popular Will celebration, the previous long time political detainee Leopoldo López, was the head of “this criminal mafia” presumably splitting Citgo profits “like it was their individual loot.”
Juan Guaidó ended up being the president of Venezuela legally in January, following the “inauguration” of Maduro that month. Maduro claims authenticity through winning the May 2018 presidential election– an election in which he prohibited non-approved leftist candidates and taken part in widespread fraud to silence the opposition. At the time, opposition leaders also advised supporters not to enact the election to eliminate any claims to legitimacy, leading to the lowest turnout for a presidential election in history.
In case of a “rupture in the democratic order,” in which a sitting president declines to vacate the office, the Venezuelan constitution enables the legislature, the National Assembly, to appoint an interim president charged with arranging elections as soon as possible. The National Assembly considered that honor to Guaidó, accepted by most of Latin America and the totally free world as the genuine head of the state of Venezuela.
Maduro has actually declined to yield power to Guaidó and preserves control over the nation’s militaries, making it difficult for Guaidó to exercise any of his constitutional powers. Numerous in the upper ranks of the military are tied to Maduro through participation in the Cartel de los Soles, a multicontinental drug trafficking distribute run by Venezuelan soldiers. Comprehensive evidence also ties Maduro to benefit from ties to the Iranian-Lebanese terrorist company Hezbollah through his previous vice president, Tareck El Aissami. El Aissami is currently the Minister of Industries for Maduro, suggesting he manages the nation’s oil and gold supplies.
Despite Maduro’s fans accusing Guaidó of stealing oil profits, years of proof– some exposed by former chavista socialists– recommends that Maduro’s United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) has long made PDVSA money vanish through graft. As early as 2016, members of the National Assembly found proof of $11 billion missing out on from PDVSA coffers unaccounted for.
Guaidó has not personally faced any accusations of corruption, though he himself exposed proof of some of his deputies taking funds meant to assist starving Venezuelans. In June, Guaidó recognized staffers Kevin Rojas and Roxana Barrera as having taken at least $90,000 dollars from funds meant to help Venezuelans soldiers defecting from the Maduro loyalist armed forces in Colombia. Tarek William Saab, the lawyer general, declared that the missing out on cash was public Venezuela funding which Guaidó had taken it; Guaidó clarified that it was personal charity funding, he had absolutely nothing to do with it, and he would see to prosecuting those linked.
In early December, Guaidó revealed that he would open yet another investigation into reports that some in his administration had ties to entrepreneur Alex Saab, a Maduro ally, and that they had lobbied in his favor.
” We have ratified the procedures to combat corruption and we are going to investigate any activity that has threatened the spiritual interests of Venezuelans,” Guaidó announced on Twitter. “We have increased immediately, as a sign that we do not endure any act of this nature.”