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The Miami Venezuelan Maletagate trial part VI: Will Maletagate become ONUgate?

September 17, 2008

In the latest shocker from the Miami trial, there is a tape in which accused Franklin Duran also talks about buying votes for Hugo Chavez at the United Nation, when Venezuela tried to obtain a seat in the Security Council in 2006. Recall that Chavez tried by all means to do this and it all ended with a compromise that left Venezuela out.

In the tape Duran is talking to the suitcase man Guido Antonini and Carlos Kauffmann and tells them “The President lost, so you know it…The President did not win that shit…But he lost because of himself, not because he did not do the job to get the votes”.

Antonini replies: “What do you mean the UN?

Kauffmann: “Those flights were for that”. Antonini: “What for?” Kauffmann: “So that the “negritos” (diminutive to black men) voted in the UN”

Duran says to Antonini :” What do you have in your head?” to which he replies: “Do you think what I have is not important?”

Someone (either Duran or Kauffmann) then says:

“He is telling you, what do you think those flights were for? Do you think the Government wants, jerk, that Franklin’s credit card shows up paying flights for “chinitos” (little chinese). Can’t you imagine what a mess that will be? Don’t jerk with me!

Antonini then says: “Did we do it with Muslims too?”

There you have it. Now the corruption tentacles of the Chavez administration reach the United Nations where he tries to use his petrodollars to buy votes to exert political influence.

Not that it surprises us, but here is another little bomb that may turn Maletagate into ONUgate very quickly as Venezuela looks more and more like an absolute outlaw country.

Everyone against Hugo Chavez and his immoral robolution must be part of the conspiracy to get rid of him

September 16, 2008


Last night I sat to write a post, but couldn’t. It was not
writer’s block; it was writer’s incredulity. Imagine the abstract problem of a
Head of State having three of his closest confidants accused of protecting
drug traffic and/or supporting a guerrilla movement. Sure the accusation came
from the “evil empire”, the same sworn enemy of that Head of State, but the
evidence backs the Empire. How else could drug shipments coming out of
Venezuela increase by a factor of 16 since Chavez came to power, if not for
collaboration at the highest levels? How can Ramon Rodriguez Chacin deny his
support and collaboration with the FARC?

In the case of the Head of Venezuelan Military
Intelligence, General Carvajal, the charges are not new. His name appears not
only in Reyes’ documents, but other documents from another FARC leaders, as
well as appearing in some investigative reports made by  Colombia’s weekly Semana.

For the Head of the Intelligence Police , General Rangel,
his name not only appears in Reyes’ documents, but he is quoted in the Miami
Maletagate trial as being the key man in the strategy to cover up the origin of
the US$ 800,000 in cash that Guido Antonini brought into Argentina.

But whether the charges are true
or not is not the point. The point is that Venezuela has reached such a level
of moral and ethical deterioration that such headlines mean absolutely nothing
to the Prosecutor’s office or in a National Assembly whose President
has
publicly sworn “Never to investigate the Maletagate case”, a case involving illegal
levels of cash leaving the country in a chartered airplane carrying an official
delegation of the country’s oil company and involving millionaire “entrepreneurs”
which can only exist, flourish and prosper under the protection and shadow of the Chavez
robolution.

And Chavez tried to make
believe today
that the whole Antonini trial was a set up, but Antonini was
carrying the cash in a PDVSA rented plane. And he was a wealthy robolutionary,
a middle class man until Chavez’ arrival to the Presidency and no known
businesses. And while Chavez called for Antonini’s extradition, he did not say
the same about that of Diego Uzcategui and Daniel Uzcategui, the father,
Vice-President of PDVSA who got his son and Antonini on the flight. They also
are being searched for by Argentina’s Justice on the case and they happen to
live in Venezuela. And while Chavez called Antonini a crook, he also called him
a “traitor”, an unforgivable slip of the tongue(later he calls him a fat man,
another slip of the tongue?). And even if Chavez claims Antonini was not at the
Argentinean Presidential Palace, he actually was, proving that there was a very
definitive connection to the whole thing. But Chavez can’t hide all of the
corruption, crookedness and illegalities. They are too many and he can’t keep
up with all of them.

And while today I may be talking
about the wholesale rape of the country by the robolution, tomorrow the same
immorality may be applied to the wholesale murder of innocent Venezuelans in
order to defend the process. Because it
would not be the first time
. During the turbulent times of 2002, 2003 and
2004, Chavismo murdered Venezuelans as needed, but somehow the victims were
always the murderers. And Chavez periodically likes to remind us that his “democratic” revolution is an armed one, in clear indication that he will be
willing to revive the murders of April 11th 2002 if necessary.

And if this were not enough,
just ahead of the upcoming regional elections, which he may lose, Chavez
creates some superfluous military regions around the country and names his toy
puppet Generals to command them. Military regions ostensibly to defend the
Nation, but truly to coordinate whatever may be necessary to support by force
his failing and corrupt Presidency.

Because by now Chavez and his
cohorts are implicating all members of the opposition in the conspiracy against
him, leading me to wonder whether the dream about me holding a bazooka, was
imaginary or not. 

El juicio en Miami sobre el “Maletagate” venezolano parte V: La Nacion denuncio que el avion de PDVSA del Maletagate llevaba 5 millones de dolares.

September 14, 2008


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(En
ingles aqui,
In English here)

El periódico Argentino La Nación denuncio hoy en un
articulo de investigación que el ya famoso avión alquilado por PDVSA que llego
a Argentina llevando a Guido Antonini I su maleta Ann 800,000 dólares en
efectivo, en realidad llevaba la no despreciable cantidad de 5 millones de
dólares

De acuerdo a La Nación,
el Vice-Presidente de PDVSA Diego Uzcategui le habría preguntado a su hijo
Daniel y a Guido Antonini donde estaban los demás 4.2 millones y que había
testigos presentes en ese momento.

Además, denuncia La
nación, en los diálogos del juicio de Miami, los testigos no hablan de “la
maleta” pero “ de “las maletas” en plural,  una sutileza que fue notada
por los periodistas investigando si habia o nos mas efectivo en el ya famoso
avión.

En un de los diálogos
en el juicio de Miami, Antonini pregunta porque Rafael Ramírez se esta lavando
las manos ahora, a lo que Duran responde: “El no se esta lavando las manos, el
ya no se puede levar las manos. Porque fue su asistente el que llevo las
maletas al avión”

El Fiscal Thomas
Mulvihil también ha mencionado que hubo otros fondos que fueron enviado a los
Kirchner, pero no ha hablado mucho de este punto.

De acuerdo a las
fuentes de La Nación, el resto del efectivo están en una o dos maletas grandes
que fueron transportadas como equipaje en el avión y no como en el maletín de
mano de Antonini que hizo famoso el caso de Maletagate. La Nación identifica al
asistente de Rafael Ramírez involucrado en el caso como el que llevo las
maletas al avión a un hombre de apellido Reiter. In otro dialogo. Antonini
destaca que el fue un pasajero al que le entregaron “una” maleta. Mas adelante
en la cinta, Antonini también dice que el hecho muchos de estos viajes.

Todo esto tiene mucho
sentido. Una de las cosas que nunca había entendido es porque tomar el riesgo
de enviar 800 mil dólares como lo hicieron, una cantidad que tendría muy poco
impacto en la campaña de Cristina Kirchner. Uno tendría que enviar demasiados
aviones para tener un impacto importante. Pero si eran cinco millones de
dólares entonces si tendría mucho sentido. Esto también podría explicar porque
se alquilo un jet para el viaje. No parecía tener mucho sentido alquilar un
avión para el proyecto entre la Argentina Enarsa y PDVSA, un proyecto sin flujo
de caja que aun hoy no ha arrancado ni nunca ha tenido flujo de caja. El vuelo
tampoco parecía justificarse ya que en el avión no viajaban funcionarios de
alto rango. Recuerden que Claudio Uberti, el hombre que estaba a cargo entonces
de los peajes en Argentina era el funcionario de mayor rango en el vuelo. Pero
no hay duda que si el avio llevaba cinco millones de dólares si se justificaba
e gasto.

En los próximos días
deberían aparecer mas detalles sobre todo esto, que demuestra el grado de
corrupción y poca ética de los lideres de las roboluciones Bolivariana y
Argentina.

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!

How Maletagate, Chavez theatrics and US Treasury sanctions are all connected

September 14, 2008

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So much stuff, so little
time. The last 72 hours have been whirlwind of events and information to
digest, but it becomes simply impossible to write about everything going on.
While everyone has concentrated on Chavez kicking out the US Ambassador,
nobody seems to wonder why it is that Hugo always kicks out Ambassadors over
fuzzy issues which you can blame on anyone but the Ambassador, but continues
having relations, commercial and otherwise with the respective countries, only
to later kiss and make up in each case.

The answer is obvious;
because Chavez would not dare t break relations that could have a real impact.
In fact, the silly communiqu issued by the Foreign Minister gives Chavez 72
hours to leave the country from almost the second the autocrat ordered it, but
waitthis just in

US Ambassador Frank Duddy
was not in Venezuela
and the Chavez administration knew it, but you have to get theatrical over the
whole thing and that was all they were really doing.

And from all that I have
gathered, it was all first class theater. You see, it appears as if somehow
with the aid of the Cuban G2, the Chavez Government got wind of the sanctions against
the heads of the Civilian and Military Intelligence services of Venezuela and
Chavez Minister of the Interior (when he found out what was coming he removed
him). Thus, in the face of this possibility Chavez decided to act first, to
make it look as if the sanctions were coming in retaliation to Chavez
expulsion of Ambassador Duddy and his not so friendly speech on nationwide TV.

Thus, while Chavez may be
indeed planning to stop the elections somehow, and we may see a link to this
accusation of someone trying to ill him as the basis for arrests that will lead
to a scenario of no elections, the truth is that the theatrics surrounding
Duddys expulsion seemed exclusively aimed at diluting the impact of the
accusations against.

Because the sanctions
against the trio of Venezuelan high officials originate in the infamous Reyes
computer where the three are named in various sections. In fact, I have covered
before in these pages how deeply involved Venezuelas former Minister of the
Interior (twice) Ramon Rodriguez Chain has been involved with the FARC. His
contacts and connections with the FARC date to the 80s and there has been
ample documentation on it, including him publicly welcoming FARC leaders to
Venezuela, getting them Venezuelan papers and his now infamous words of
encouragement to the FARC guerrillas as he led the rescue of some hostages,
which was covered by a Telesur video camera.

We had mentioned before
that FARC papers explicitly mentioned Rodriguez Chacin for offering the FARC
weapons in exchange for training, as well as a famous note by the FARC, saying
that Rodriguez Chacin was truly a badass, which must have some meaning coming
from such badasses as the FARC.

Well, here is the what the
Treasury Department had to say
about Rodriguez Chacin, who BTW, in his
first installment as Minister of the Interior was later found to have two sets
of Venezuelan cedula umber and under the second one he held an account in a
local bank with something like one and a half million dollars at the official
rate of exchange:

Ramon Emilio Rodriguez
Chacin, who was Venezuela’s
Minister of Interior and Justice until September 8, is the Venezuelan
government’s main weapons contact for the FARC. The FARC uses its proceeds from
narcotics sales to purchase weapons from the Venezuelan government. 
Rodriguez Chacin has held numerous meetings with senior FARC members, one of
which occurred at the Venezuelan government’s Miraflores Palace
in late 2007.  Rodriguez Chacin has also assisted the FARC by trying to
facilitate a $250 million dollar loan from the Venezuelan government to the
FARC in late 2007.  We cannot confirm whether the loan materialized.

And then there is the Head
of the Civilian Intelligence Police General Henry Rangel Silva, who has held
the position for the last three years and who has appeared prominently in the
Maletagate trial as having been in charge of solving the case for Chavez and
PDVSA. Rangel has been involved in rescuing Venezuelan cattlemen who later
turned out to have been kidnapped by the FARC, He also appeared in some
documents where he was supposedly coordinating attacks on Colombian
paramilitary with the FARC. Here is the accusation against him by the Treasury
Department:

Henry de Jesus Rangel
Silva, the Director of Venezuela’s Directorate of Intelligence and Prevention
Services or DISIP, is in charge of intelligence and counterintelligence
activities for the Venezuelan government.   Rangel Silva has
materially assisted the narcotics trafficking activities of the FARC.  He
has also pushed for greater cooperation between the Venezuelan government and
the FARC.

Note in particular the
statement that General Rangel Silva has materially assisted the trafficking of
narcotics by the FARC. Now, may skeptics may suggest this are trumped up
charges, but given the dramatic increase in drug trafficking via Venezuela in
the last ten years, it is clear some higher ups have to be helping it.

Finally, there are the
accusations against the Head of the Military Intelligence Services General
Carvajal Barrios, who has been part of that service for the last eight years.
He has been in charge of the accusations of assassination attempts and coup
plots, producing not a single convicted person in the previous 28 cases
investigated and this week is the first time that he has found someone he could
detain. (They could still be set free!):

Hugo Armando Carvajal
Barrios is the Director of Venezuela’s
Military Intelligence Directorate (DGIM).  His assistance to the FARC
includes protecting drug shipments from seizure by Venezuelan anti-narcotics
authorities and providing weapons to the FARC, allowing them to maintain their
stronghold of the coveted Arauca Department.   Arauca, which is
located on the Colombia/Venezuela border, is known for coca cultivation and
cocaine production.  Carvajal Barrios also provides the FARC with official
Venezuelan government identification documents that allow FARC members to
travel to and from Venezuela
with ease.

Carvajals case was
documented from Reyes computers, which has been certified by Interpol as not
having any evidence of tampering, but has also led to arrests of FARC
collaborators in Colombia, Thailand and Central
America.

What is
most interesting about these sanctions is that it orders the assets of the
three men in the US frozen, something that should really instill fear in those
robolutionaries who maintain significant assets in the US (It is not that
they are dumb, they thought they were untouchable!) and could show up in a list
at any time, either via the Miami trial or further evidence from the FARC. You
see, the Miami trial involves not only corrupt civilians that paid commissions
to Government officials for contracts, bank deposits and influence, but these
guys in turn acted as fronts for many of the same officials and managed their
money for a nice fee of 20% per year. Many of these guys thought they were set
for life even if Chavez 

Chronicle of a Conspiracy Foretold in Venezuela: Hugo Chavez and the attempts on his life

September 11, 2008

For almost a week, since Hugo Chavez cut short his visit to
South Africa, reportedly because polls came out saying that his partys
standing in the polls in the face of the November regional elections was
dropping fast, Chavez has been increasing the level of shrillness.

It all began with his usual accusations that people were
plotting to murder him, the US and the CIA were looking for someone to bomb his
palace or his Sunday TV program (weird, since it moves each Sunday) and/or
collaborating with the local oligarchy or pitiyankees in the effort.

Then two
Russian bombers arrive in Venezuela
, bringing the cold war to the Caribbean
and Chavez threatens us with something people thought actually was good news:
He was going to pilot one of the bombers himself, but so far, no such luck. The
next day, former comrades in arms, including his former buddy Raul Baduel)
recall on radio how Chavez was such a coward that he would jump out of the
airplane with his parachute with his eyes closed.

Then in a real bizarre turn, Mario Silva, Chavista candidate
for Governor in Carabobo State, plays
an audio tape
in his illegal TV program in the Governments TV channel VTV,
in which he purportedly plays the voices of three high ranking military
officials conspiring to bomb, get rid or dispose of Chavez.

Thus, rather than the military going and detaining these
officials, the tape is leaked to a pro-Chavez radical/TV announcer/candidate
for Governor, just because

Then, the President of the National Assembly comes out on TV
playing the tape from the TV program, which somehow somebody has conveniently
turned over to her, including the original audiotapes.

But wait, at this point, somebody notices that
the date of the audiotape in the PC label is 2005, making everyone wonder
whether this was a staged coup/murder plot staged then but never used

The husband of the President of the National Assembly, who happens to be the
Foreign Minister
, also denounces the US and every sucker up of the
autocrat comes out of the woodwork to scream bloody murderers and coupsters. Of
curse the oligarchs are named again, then the media, then the group
asking for the voiding of the 26 Bills illegally passed by Chavez and then
everyone that went to the Presidential Palace on April 2002, when Chavez
voluntarily departed the Presidency only to come back, is threatened with jail.
Nice going!

Then tonight, during a rally for the
Chavista Mayor for the city of Puerto Cabello, with Chavez in attendance, which
is legal, he orders all TV stations to broadcast his speech in which with foul
language, illegal in Venezuela at such times, Chavez kicks
out the US Ambassador
Patrick Duddy.

But everything is actually confusing and it is not quite
clear if he is doing so because of the plot against his life or in solidarity with
Bolivias President Evo Morales kicking out
the US Ambassador yesterday. 

But hey, this is a Government in which Chavez told his new
Minister of the Interior today during a TV broadcast, that he was not interim,
that he had to meet with him to clarify that he had been appointed as permanent
Minister. Go figure. Is this the way to run any Nation?

And then we hear the Military Prosecutor tell us that two
people have been detained (A first in the 487 attempts on Chavez life). And
rumors are flying that Chavez former Minister of Defense Raul Baduel, his long
time buddy who departed from him last November, is going to be detained. Curiously,
Baduel has been saying for months that Chavez was going to create disturbances that
would allow him to justify the postponement of the upcoming November 23
regional elections.

Even more interesting by the time Chavez came back from
Puerto Cabello, there was a spontaneous gathering right outside the Presidential
Palace, posters and platform and all, ready to stage a rally for the President.
(Isnt it dangerous to hold a rally right where the conspirators are targeting
to drop the bomb?)

I have no doubt that some of Chavez military colleagues are
likely plotting against him, after all they learned this from him., who staged
one coup in February 1992 and supported another one in November 1992,
supposedly to overthrow corruption and the lack of democracy in Venezuela. It would
seem that conditions are indeed much worse today, just witness the Miami trial, than then justifying in the
minds of these toy soldiers the need for overthrowing the Government, simply following
Chavez playbook.

But these military officers are likely not to be
pro-American and would not want to be even in contact with American officials.
But the shoddiness of the presentation today. The coordinated effort, the mistakes
and the way in which the plot was revealed, lead me to believe that this is
part of the situation room that has come up with so many previous attempts on
Chavez life that led to no arrests.

The only thing missing this time around was the old
bazooka
. I guess they decided to use different props in order to improve
the choreography of a conspiracy foretold.

Chavez kicks out US Ambassador saying: Shitty Yankees, you can go one thousand times to Hell

September 11, 2008

Using language improper for the time slot he was speaking on, President Chavez kicked out US Ambassador Duddy, telling him “Shitty Yankees, go 1,000 times to Hell”. (Yankees de mierda, vayanse mil veces al carajo)

It was the nth. time Chavez has invoked an attempt on his life to make noise when things look bad for him.

The tape played in the National Assembly today which came from the Government’s TV station had a date from 2005, making everyone wonder if the attempt on Chavez’ life had been cooked up two years ago, but was simply never used…

Yankees de mierda
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The Miami Venezuelan Maletagate trial part IV: Live from the cesspool of the revolution!

September 11, 2008

Today the Miami trial brought the first tapes of the men
that tried to cover up the origin and purpose of the infamous Antonini suitcase
which was accidentally discovered when it arrived in Buenos Aires and more details
of both the suitcase and the cover up came up today, showing in magnificent
detail how cooked and corrupt the robolution is.

Lawyer Moises Maionica continued his testimony as we got to
hear the first tapes of those promised by the Prosecution. In his testimony,
Maionica said that Duran told him that the Superintendent of Taxes Vielma Mora
could provide a fake form to justify the origin of the money in the suitcase
for Antonini.

Later, the Prosecution played a tape in which
Antonini and Duran both speak and Antonini asks Duran: And Tarek? Does he know
too? To which Duran responds: Of course. Whats his full name asks Antonini
and Duran answers Tarek Al Aissaimi. Antonini then asks what his position is
and Duran replies Vice-Minister for citizen security and Duran says that Tarek
is above the Head of the Intelligence Police DISIP.

At one
point in the conversation
Antonini gets on the phone and asks Tarek how he
is and then says: My problem in Venezuela, it can be solved? The reply is not
heard but then Antonini tells him: Thus. I should not even worry. Thanks. A
big hug

Later a tape was played in which Antonini, Carlos Kauffman,
MosiesMaionica and the lawyer that was supposed to take care of the case in
Argentina participate. Duran then adds that he would be out by February 28th.
2008, after Argentinas judicial vacation. Dura adds that there are elections on
November 28th. and there is a risk that if Cristina (Kirchner) does
not win they are going to hit you hard with a batif the opposition wins you
are going to be the scapegoat.

Antonini then replies that if he talks, everyone will go to
prison to which Duran says that the truth is the Argentineans will only defend
their land and he has to give a signal that he is not going to sell out. When
Antonini asks who guarantees that he will not end up in jail if he turns
himself in Argentina, the lawyer says: Chavez and Kirchner

Antonini then says: The only weapon I have is the truth.
They tell me this is a political disaster

Antonini says it was Argentinean Claudio Uberti who asked
him to take the suitcase.

He then asks for guarantees and is told he can keep half the
money (US$ 400,000), but Antonini asks for more.

Duran simply asks: How much do you want?. Antonini asks
Who is going to give it to you and he is told: It doesnt matter to you Antonini
then says: I am going to ask you for a million dollars and Am I going to go t
jail?

Duran says: You will not go to jail, to which Antonini asks:
Why is Rafael Ramirez (President of PDVSA) washing his hands?

To which Duran replies: He is not washing his hands, he can
longer was his hands. President Chavez knows that it was Ramirez assistant
that took the suitcase to the airplane

Maionica also testified that Rangel Silva told him that it
was all an error by Rafael Ramirez and Claudio Uberti and Diego Uzcategui. The
suitcase was intercepted due to the delay in the plane to Buenos Aires and the
absence of the person that was supposed to allow it to go through. Somebody
should have been waiting for it, but because of the late hour nobody was there
and that made it impossible to jump the usual procedures

The plane arrived late and that allowed for the
interception said Maionica.

Maionica could not be much clearer than when he said: My client
was the Venezuelan Government and I participated in the case representing it in
order to help Antonini, who I did not know

If you believe Maionica and listen to the tapes, it is clear
that these guys were acting indeed on behalf of the Crooked Venezuelan
Government and that the whole thing stinks up all the way to the top and
reveals the depth of corruption in the cesspool that the Chavista revolution has
become.

Just think, corrupt men who did not have a penny ten years ago, now help and conspire to move cash in PDVSA private charters accompanied by high Government officials. With the cooperation of high level Venezuelan officials they try to cover up the evidence, using cash, lies and attempting to build a fake paper trail. They are caught and there are tapes and testimony that go all the way up to the top to Hugo Chavez the same man that said he would clean up corruption in Venezuela, only to magnify it and allow it to go unchecked.

With that plot line, in any decent country the President would have resigned long ago. But not in the Chavez robolution where corruption and kickbacks are now the norm and used to control the collaborators of the autocrat.

El juicio en Miami sobre el Maletagatevenezolano parte III: Comienzan el juicio de Duran y los fuegos artificiales del caso

September 9, 2008


(In English here)

Hoy fue
el primer da verdadero del juicio Maletagate en Miami y tanto la fiscala como
la defensa comenzaron sus argumentos. Los fuegos artificiales han comenzado y
est claro que habr revelaciones interesantes en los prximos das si las
escaramuzas iniciales son indicacin de lo que se viene encima.

Thomas
Mulvihill, el Fiscal del caso, present sus argumentos y dijo que el dinero transportado
por Guido Antonini a Argentina, en la maleta en el avin arrendado por PDVSA, fue
un favor al acusado Franklin Duran y que l mismo le haba dicho a Antonini que el dinero estaba destinado a la campaa de la actual Presidenta Argentina Cristina
Kirchner. El Fiscal tambin denunci que el dinero proceda de PDVSA.

El Fiscal
Mulvihill dijo que presentar grabaciones que muestran no slo que Duran y sus amigos
estaban actuando como agentes del Gobierno de Venezuela, sino ellos llamaron a
Guido Antonini a Miami desde la sede de la polica de inteligencia venezolana
(DISIP). Aadi que hubo una fuerte participacin de la polica de inteligencia
venezolana en el caso y
que esta llegaba
hasta su Director Henry Rangel Silva.

La
defensa de Duran contraatac
diciendo que era Antonini que pidi
a Duran
y a su hermano Pedro a que le dieran una mano en el caso y que ellos
acudieron al actual Ministro del Interior y Justicia Tarek Al Aissami, en la
bsqueda de ayuda, pero que Duran nunca entr
en contacto con el Jefe de la
DISIP a quien nunca conoci ni trat
y que el nunca sugiri que Antonini
mintiera. La defensa tambin dijo que Duran le sugiri a Antonini que lo que
necesitaba era un abogado que lo defendiera en Argentina.

La
defensa trat de echarle la culpa a Antonini en buscarle una solucin al caso y
denunci que Guido Antonini trato
de encubrir los hechos
y solicito que el Gobierno venezolano le pagara  2 millones de dlares con el fin de
encubrir el caso. Denunci que Antonini escribi una carta al Presidente Hugo
Chvez con ayuda del FBI, en la que solicitaba el dinero y que esa carta fue
enviada al Presidente a travs del Cnsul de Venezuela en Miami.

La
defensa sugiri que el caso es simplemente poltico a fin de dejar mal al
Gobierno de Hugo Chvez y tratar de hacer ver el caso de un amigo tratando de
ayudar a otro, como un caso de espionaje.

El
primer testigo en el caso fue uno de los acusados que se declararon culpables, el
abogado Moiss Maionica. Maionica, quien tiene fuertes vnculos con el entonces
Vice-Presidente Jorge Rodrguez (l era el abogado de la empresa Cogent que
fabrica las maquinas captahuellas), declar
que inicialmente el caso
se dej en manos del Presidente de PDVSA Rafael
Ramrez, pero ms tarde este fue relevado del control de la situacin.

Segn
el testimonio de Maionica, Hugo Chvez directamente asign
la tarea de hacer
frente alproblema al Director de la DISIP y que Rangel Silva, le dijo que el Presidente estaba disgustado por
el manejo del tema desde el punto de vista operativo.

Mientras
tanto, en Caracas, el recin nombrado Ministro del Interior y Justicia (sic)
Tarek Al Aissami, dijo
que no responder
a la basura de Imperio americano y que “ha ocupado
muchas posiciones, pero es slo ahora que l est a cargo del Ministerio, que
este campaa comienza menos de 24 horas despus de haber sido nombrado, es que
sale esta basura esta”. Supongo que el Ministro no lee este blog, que
public la informacin de que iba a ser involucrado en el caso, mucho antes de
que nadie supiera que l sera nombrado Ministro.

Por lo
tanto, el primer da comenz con una gran cantidad de fuegos artificiales por
ambos lados. Es evidente que la estrategia de Duran es decir que estaba
ayudando a un amigo, pero l no tiene la intencin de ayudar al Gobierno de
Venezuela en el proceso. La Fiscala, por otra parte, parece tener un montn de
pruebas en forma de grabaciones y documentos que podran poner seriamente en
tela de juicio los argumentos de la defensa.

Mantnganse
en sintona!

The Miami Venezuelan Maletagate trial part III: Let the Duran trial and the fireworks begin!

September 9, 2008

(In Spanish here, en espaol aqui)

It was the first actual day of the Maletagate trial in Miami and both the
prosecution and the defense began their arguments. The fireworks have begun and
it is clear that there will be interesting revelations in the upcoming days if
the initial skirmishes are any indication.

Prosecutor Thomas Mulvihill presented his case and said the money carried
by Guido Antonini into Argentina, in the suitcase in the PDVSA leased airplane,
was a favor to accused Franklin Duran and that Duran himself had told Antonini that
the money
was intended for the campaign of Argentinean President Cristina
Kirschner. The Prosecution also charged that the money came from PDVSA.

Prosecutor Mulvihill sad he would present tapes showing not
only that Duran and friends were acting as agents of the Venezuelan Government,
but that they called Guido Antonini in Miami from the headquarters of the
Venezuelan Intelligence police (DISIP). He added that there was a strong
participation of the Venezuelan Intelligence police in the case all the way up
to its Director
Henry Rangel Silva.

Durans defense countered by saying that it was
Antonini who asked Duran and his brother Pedro to give him a hand in the case
and that they went to the now Minister of the Interior and Justice Tarek Al
Aissami, seeking for assistance, but that Duran never contacted the Head of the
DISIP whom he does not know and never tried to force Antonini to lie.The defense also said that Duran told Antonini to get a lwayer in Argentian to defend him in that country.

The defense tried to put the blame on Antonini seeking a
solution to the case and charged that Guido Antonini tried to cover up the
facts and was
requesting
that the Venezuelan Government pay him US$ 2 million in order to
cover up the case. He charged that Antonini wrote a letter to President Hugo
Chavez under the coaching of the FBI requesting the money and that such letter was sent to the President via the Venezuelan Consul in Miami.

The defense suggested the case was simply political in order
to make the Hugo Chavez Government look bad by turning the case of a friend
trying to help another into a case of spying.

The first witness in the case was one of the accused men who
pleaded guilty, lawyer Moises Maionica. Maionica, know to have strong ties to
then Vice-President Jorge Rodriguez (He was the lawyer for fingerprint company Cogent),
testified
that initially the case was left in the hands of PDVSA President
Rafael Ramirez, but he was later relieved of his control of the situation.

According to Maionicas testimony, Hugo Chavez directly
assigned the task of dealing with the problem to the DISIP and that Rangel Silva, the DISIP
Director told him the President was upset about the matter from an operational
point of view.

Meanwhile in Caracas, newly appointed Minister of the
Interior and Justice (sic), said he would not respond
to the garbage of the US Empire and that “he has held many positions but it is
only now that he is in charge of the Ministry this campaign beginsless than 24
hours after being named, this garbage comes out” I guess the Minister does not read
this blog, which published the information that he would be involved in the
case, well before anyone knew he would be appointed Minister.

Thus, the first day began with lots of fireworks on both
sides. It is clear that Durans strategy is to say he was helping a friend, but
he does not intend to help the Venezuelan Government in the process. The
Prosecution, on the other hand, seems to have a lot of evidence in the form of
tapes and the like which could severely bring into question the arguments of
the defense.

Stay tuned!!!

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