The President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, emphasized on Monday that the Spanish Ambassador to the country, Jesús Silva Fernández; served as an accomplice in the armed incursion of May 3, which aimed to carry out a coup d’etat and to assassinate the head of state:
“The Spanish ambassador served as an accomplice in the plan to assassinate me, to assassinate the political, military high command and an armed incursion to impose a coup d’etat”, said the National President.
From Miraflores Palace, in Caracas; The Venezuelan president stressed that the National Government “reserves the diplomatic actions on the Spanish ambassador for his participation in the armed incursion in Macuto, and the actions of Leopoldo López”.
These statements were made after an article published by the American newspaper The Wall Street Journal, in which is revealed that the fugitive from Venezuelan justice, Leopoldo López – residing in the Spanish Embassy in Caracas- was for months in charge of hiring mercenaries with the purpose of overthrowing the President of the Republic.
According to the newspaper, López – author of the “La Salida” coup plan in 2014 – considered approximately six proposals by mercenaries and contractors, who would execute different military incursions and provoke a possible rebellion within the Bolivarian National Armed Forces (FANB) and succeed in overthrowing the chief. of the Venezuelan State.
After the publication, the Minister for Communication and Information, Jorge Rodríguez, denounced that all the planning elements that led to the armed military incursion into Venezuela were devised at the headquarters of the residence of the Government of Spain.