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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