Two Americans face 20 years in prison for attempted kidnappings …


Nicolas Maduro, almost kidnapped
Photo: via REUTERS

Two United States mercenaries have been convicted of a failed kidnapping attempt of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro in May. Venezuelan Attorney General Tarek William Saab reported this on Twitter.

Luke Denman and Airan Berry made confessions about conspiracy, illegal possession of weapons, human trafficking and terrorism. They were each sentenced to 20 years in prison. They were not the only ones on trial for these charges.

The ‘right to defense’ was ignored, human rights lawyer Alonso Medina Roa said on Twitter.

In May, several armed groups had entered Venezuela from Colombia, according to official sources. At least eight people were killed in clashes with security forces, and many more were arrested.

Donald Trump accused

Maduro at the time accused US President Donald Trump and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo of involvement in a thwarted coup d’├ętat against him, but the US denied their responsibility.

US media reported documents claiming that the coup attempt was orchestrated by the US security company Silvercorp, run by former elite soldier Jordan Goudreau and paid for by the Venezuelan opposition.

The mercenaries reportedly planned to arrest Maduro and take him to the US, where a bounty was put on his head. Among other things, he is accused of drug trafficking.


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