The Miami Venezuelan Maletagate trial part V: La Nacion charges PDVSA maletagate airplane was carrying US$ 5 million

September 14, 2008

Argentinean
newspaper La Nacion charges today

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in an
investigative article that the infamous plane chartered by PDVSA which arrived
in Argentina carrying Guido Antonini and his US$ 800,000 in a suitcase, was
actually carrying the whopping amount of US$ 5 million in cash.

According to La Nacion,
PDVSA’s Vice President Diego Uzcategui had asked his son Daniel and Guido
Antonini were the remainder US$ 4.2 million was and others heard the question.

Moreover, charges La
Nacion, in the dialogues in the Miami trial, the witnesses do not talk about
“the suitcase” but “the suitcases” in plural, a subtle
point noted by the reporters investigating if there was more cash in the plane.

In one dialogue Antonini
asks why Rafael Ramirez is washing his hands now and Duran replies: “He is
not washing his hands, he can no longer was his hands. Because it was his
assistant who carried the suitcases to the plane”.

Prosecutor Thomas Mulvihil
has mentioned that there were other funds sent to the Kirchner’s campaign but
has not expanded on that point.

According to the sources
of la Nacion, the rest of the cash was in a large suitcase (or two) and not a
carry on like the one taken away from Antonini. La Nacion also identifies
Rafael Ramirez’ assistant, the man in charge of the suitcases as a man whose
last name is Reiter. In another dialogue Antonini notes that he was one
passenger who was given “one” suitcase. Later, Antonini also says
that he has made lots of those trips.

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This makes
a lot more sense. One of the things I never quite understood was why risk
sending US$800,000 like that an amount that would have little impact in the
campaign. You had to send an awful lot of airplanes to have an impact. It also
explains why the plane was chartered. Enarsa and PDVSA had a joint venture
which had no operations or cash flow, it made little sense to rent a jet for
that flight, there was no urgency or very high ranking officials involved.
Recall Claudio Uberti was in charge of toll roads in Argentina and he was the
highest ranking person in the fligtht.But the US$ 5 million certainly justified
it!

We should learn more about
this in the upcoming days, showing the degree of corruption and unethical
behavior in the leaders of the Bolivarian and Argentinean robolutions.

Heads up PMB!

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