Former Colombia President Alvaro Uribe has been accused of being involved in an assassination plot to kill the Venezuelan head of state Nicolas Maduro, the neighboring country’s government said on Wednesday.
Diosdado Cabello, the parliamentary president, and Interior Minister Miguel Rodriguez reportedly both stated that the plan to kill Maduro was “formulated in Miami” with “connections in Colombia.” Additionally, the former Colombian president would be talking about a Venezuela coup with Cuban anti-communist terrorist Luis Posada.
In May this year, Maduro himself accused Uribe of being a “murderer” and of using paramilitary groups to try to kill him.
Local press claims that Rodriguez had further accused Uribe, among others, of planning on May 8 “targeted killings” of political figures and “to destabilize the government” in Venezuela.
Cabello had also insinuated that suspected anti-communist terrorist and former CIA agent, Luis Carilles, was involved in the plan. According to Venezuelan news La Iguana tv, when asked who the “Bogota link” was Cabello replied “Uribe.”
Ya sabemos quiénes están detrás de planes de magnicidio contra Maduro: Cabello lo develó http://t.co/0ZX09nhJ4k
— Miguel Pérez Pirela (@maperezpirela) August 1, 2013
In his claims, the interior minister has also implicated the president of Honduras. He added that the “plot had been cancelled” due to its discovery and that Venezuela’s secret service was “dedicated” to finding the truth.
Venezuela began accusing Uribe of taking part in a conspiracy to topple the socialist government in Caracas after a visit by opposition leader Henrique Capriles to Bogota. While Uribe repeatedly has expressed his support for Venezuela’s opposition — that claims to have lost elections to Maduro earlier this year due to fraud — but has always insisted of never having met Capriles.