Dictator in Venezuela has Political Prisoners
There is a ever growing Democratic Socialism movement in the USA. As this article will show a vivid example of a country that Bernie Sanders once commented on, "the American dream is more apt to be realized in South America, in places such as Ecuador, Venezuela and Argentina … Who’s the banana republic now?”. This article is just one more example of how too much power in the hands of Government leads to Organized Crime and Corruption. More specifically in this case to human rights abuses examples.
FRIDAY, MARCH 26, 2021
By Maibort Petit
What does Meudy Albán Osío allege to hold the Venezuelan dictator and associates, the FARC and the Cartel of the Suns responsible for the death of the councilor for Primero Justicia that occurred in the custody of SEBIN?
The widow of councilor Fernando Albán, Meudy Albán Osío, sued Nicolás Maduro, Vladimir Padrino López, Maikel Moreno, Néstor Luis Reverol Torres, Tarek William Saab, as well as the FARC and the Cartel de los Soles, in the Southern District Court of Florida. The family of the leader of Primero Justicia blames the Venezuelan president for the murder of this commission on October 8, 2018, while he was detained at the headquarters of the Bolivarian Intelligence Service (SEBIN).
There are eight charges in the lawsuit, the first for Violation of the Florida Antiterrorism Law; the second charge is Wrongful Death; the third charge is for violation of the Federal Civil RICO law; the fourth, for Conspiracy to violate RICO Federal Civil; the fifth, for Defamation per se, the sixth, for Conspiracy, the seventh, for False imprisonment; and eighth, for Intentionally inflicting emotional distress.
In the lawsuit, the defendants recall that the United States and the world have condemned the Nicolás Maduro regime for the torture and murder of Fernando Albán and, first of all, the White House spokesperson is cited for the date of the events, Sarah Sanders, who said: “The Venezuelan authorities arrested Alban on October 5, upon his return from the United Nations General Assembly, where he spoke to the world about the importance of returning democracy to the people of Venezuela. He died three days later while in the custody of the Venezuelan intelligence service. "
They also cite State Department spokesman Robert Palladino, who echoed the sentiments of the White House and stated that the assassination of Fernando Albán "highlights a continuous pattern of human rights abuses in that country, repression and excessive use. of the strength".
In the same way, they refer to the declaration of the Venezuelan Episcopal Conference and the secretary of the OAS, Luis Almagro, who blamed the Maduro regime for the death of Albán; representatives Carlos Curbelo (FL-26), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL-27), Mario Díaz-Balart (FL-25) and Albio Sires (NJ-08), as well as Senator Marco Rubio (FL), who demanded an exhaustive and independent investigation into the death of Fernando Albán and requested sanctions against those responsible.
The role of the poster of the Suns
It maintains the claim that a member of the Venezuelan army, through bribes, became involved in drug trafficking in the 1990s, while by 1992, Hugo Chávez formed a member of what was known to date as the "Bolivarian Cartel". which changed in 1993 to "Cartel de los Soles". Already in the presidency, Chávez grew the cartel, granting immunity to Venezuelan officials involved in drug trafficking in exchange for their loyalty. In 2005, he expelled the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) from Venezuela and the country became a more attractive route for drug trafficking. The Cartel of the Suns began to coordinate with the FARC to traffic cocaine, while the Venezuelan air force bases began to host planes loaded with cocaine arriving from Colombia.
When Chávez died in 2013, Nicolás Maduro became one of the leaders of the Cartel in which Néstor Reverol Torres and Vladimir Padrino López are important figures. Meanwhile, Tarek William Saab and Maikel José Moreno Pérez also support the activities of the cartel.
Likewise, the lawsuit mentions the FARC, an armed and violent organization based mainly in Colombia. Several of its members, after this guerrilla organization laid down their arms because of the 2016 peace agreement, settled in Venezuela with the consent and support of Nicolás Maduro. These in alliance, seek to derail the peace process and destabilize all levels of the Colombian government through violence, assassinations and hostage-taking, terrorism.
The FARC has been and continues to be strongly anti-American, viewing the Americans as "military targets." For this group, drug trafficking is a means of sustenance, particularly on the border with Venezuela.
Since October 8, 1997, the United States Department of State has considered the FARC as a designated foreign terrorist organization.
Maduro's criminal enterprise
The Albán lawsuit indicates that the Maduro Criminal Company is an association that includes, among others, Nicolás Maduro himself, his regime, the Cartel of the Suns, the FARC and the defendants (Saab, Moreno, Reverol).
It maintains that members of the Maduro Criminal Company have conspired and agreed to commit a wide variety of interrelated crimes, including (a) drug trafficking; (b) acts of terrorism that include but are in no way limited to narco-terrorism; (c) human rights violations, including kidnapping, torture, and murder; (d) crimes of public corruption; and (e) money laundering.
Each of these criminal activities is intrinsic and necessary for the functionality of the criminal enterprise in general, being a central objective of the company and the conspiracy, to retain authoritarian control over Venezuela. By ensuring that Maduro illegally controls the Venezuelan state, the Maduro Criminal Enterprise ensures that it can continue to commit profitable crimes, such as narcotics trafficking and the looting of the Venezuelan treasury, with impunity and without interference from legitimate law enforcement.
It adds that, through acts of terrorism and human rights abuses, the Maduro Criminal Company represses the opposition to its drug trafficking, public corruption and authoritarian control over Venezuela.
The key lines of the Maduro Criminal Company
Drug trafficking and narco-terrorism are a fundamental part of the Maduro Criminal Enterprise, having its members - for at least 20 years to date - acted together with the FARC in a vast conspiracy of narco-terrorism and, through it, has intentionally flooded to the United States with cocaine, not only to enrich Maduro himself along with the other members of his organization, but also to harm the United States.
He cites that on March 26, 2020, the Department of Justice revealed the accusations that impute a myriad of crimes against Maduro, other Venezuelan leaders, and their FARC co-conspirators, for drug trafficking and narco-terrorism. Then the lawsuit recounts all the pronouncements made from different instances of the US government in which the criminal conduct of Maduro, his criminal enterprise and his co-conspirators in conjunction with the Colombian terrorist group is described. It indicates how they took advantage of their authoritarian power in Venezuela to support the conspiracy of narco-terrorism and drug trafficking.
In the same way, reference is made to the fact that a dissident group of some 2,500 members of the FARC has seized the border between Venezuela and Colombia with support from the Maduro regime for their narco-terrorist activities, allowing them to use the country as a safe haven from which can continue to conduct their cocaine trafficking and armed insurgency.
Among others, the lawsuit cites the case of Cilia Flores' nephews, Efraín Antonio Campo Flores and Franqui Francisco Flores, sentenced to 18 years in prison for conspiracy to smuggle cocaine into the United States and use part of the proceeds in the electoral campaign for the First Lady of Venezuela. The convicts devised a plan to work with the FARC to send literally tons of cocaine to the United States.
The demand adds that a defining feature of the Maduro Criminal Enterprise is the symbiotic relationship between its main members and the Cartel de los Soles and the FARC, working hand in hand to perpetrate a massive, ongoing and highly profitable narco-terrorist conspiracy directed against the United States.
Venezuela also provides a safe haven for the FARC and they have assumed state functions in regions of the country, having a strong interest in supporting the Maduro regime. Expansion into Venezuela has enabled the FARC to carry out attacks in Colombia and resist blows from Colombian security forces. Similarly, the lawsuit says, Maduro provides the FARC with high-end military weapons and ammunition, such as shoulder-launched anti-tank weapons. In return, the FARC train the militias and collectives that function as a unit of the Cartel de los Soles armed forces.
Human Rights and the role of SEBIN
The lawsuit adds to the lines of action of the Maduro Criminal Company, the abuses against the human rights of the regime, with the Bolivarian National Intelligence Service (SEBIN) being one of the executing arms of these practices. This political police force is known for the harassment, arrest, torture and murder of political prisoners in Venezuela.
It states that SEBIN routinely tortures detainees and prisoners at its headquarters, a 16-story office building in Plaza Venezuela in Caracas. This building also includes five underground floors, nicknamed "La Tumba" by Venezuelan officials. There, political prisoners are kept in inhumane conditions at freezing temperatures and without ventilation, sanitation or natural light. The cells are two by three meters, with a cement bed, security cameras and barred doors, each cell lined up side by side so that there are no interactions between inmates. These conditions have caused prisoners to become seriously ill, despite which they are denied medical treatment. The SEBIN also detains political prisoners in a second building, known as El Helicoide.
Kleptocracy and corruption
The lawsuit also describes the Nicolás Maduro regime as a kleptocracy that has systematically looted Venezuela, as stated by the United States District Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Ariana Fajardo Orshan.
The Maduro Criminal Company laundered the proceeds of its criminal activities throughout the United States, especially South Florida, the lawsuit indicates.
The Maduro Criminal Company against Albán
Faced with the complaints that Fernando Albán made against the criminal regime of Nicolás Maduro, even in the UN assembly, the family began to receive death threats that led to the councilman's wife and their children having to flee to the United States where applied for and obtained asylum in July 2018.
Such complaints, the plaintiffs maintain that due to the persecution that the Maduro regime undertook against Albán and the delegation of his political party, Primero Justicia in New York, decided to attack the leader, capture him and then assassinate him.
To do this, the Maduro Criminal Company kidnapped, through SEBIN, Fernando Albán at the Simón Bolívar International Airport when he returned from New York to Venezuela on October 5, 2018.
The lawsuit describes everything that qualifies as a kidnapping and how they fabricated charges to justify his arrest and how SEBIN agents transferred him to the Palace of Justice where he was presented to a court that declined jurisdiction and referred him to the Terrorism Control Tribunal, a judicial instance used by the Maduro regime to attack opposition leaders.
The claim ensures that the Maduro regime tortured and murdered Fernando Albán.
On Monday, October 8, 2018, SEBIN, after torturing and murdering him, threw Albán's body from the tenth floor of its headquarters.
The attorney general, Tarek William Saab, announced by telephone during a broadcast on state television VTV that Albán had "committed suicide," a story that did not stand up to scrutiny for a long time because the bathrooms in which he was said to have taken released, they have no windows.
Later, the Minister of the Interior, Néstor Reverol, made a different statement, according to which, Albán launched himself from the waiting room.
The lawsuit describes all the contradictions that the regime incurred when reporting the case.