Nicolas Maduro: US expenses Venezuelan president with drug crimes

Venezuela's President Nicolás MaduroImage copyright Getty Images
Image caption The US has provided a $15m reward for the arrest of President Nicolás Maduro (C)

The US has charged Venezuela’s President Nicolás Maduro and different senior officers within the nation with drug trafficking crimes.

The transfer, which can improve tensions between the 2 nations, was introduced by Attorney General William Barr.

The US additionally provided a $15m (£12.5m) reward for any info resulting in Mr Maduro’s arrest.

It has lengthy accused him of main a corrupt and brutal regime, a cost he has repeatedly rejected.

Washington backs opposition chief Juan Guaidó, who final yr declared himself interim president.

As effectively as Mr Maduro, the US indictment additionally charged 4 different senior Venezuelan officers together with the nation’s chief justice.

“The Venezuelan people deserve a transparent, responsible, representative government that serves the needs of the people – and that does not…. engage in illicit narcotics trafficking,” the US State Department stated in a press release.

“These individuals violated the public trust by facilitating shipments of narcotics from Venezuela, including control over planes that leave from a Venezuelan air base,” it added.

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