Chancellor Arreaza: Duque betrays the Venezuelan mercenary deserters he protected

The Minister for Foreign Relations, Jorge Arreaza; asserted on Thursday that with the recent actions of Colombia – where Venezuelan deserters were detained -, President Iván Duque betrayed the mercenaries he protected, after the self-proclamation of the right wing Juan Guaidó.

After the arrest of these people, President Iván Duque affirmed that the “operation sought to destabilize Colombia”, as well as accusing the National Government “of financing said operation”.

Faced with this situation, the Venezuelan Chancellor stressed that Venezuela offered information, for two years, to the government of Colombia, on the location of these terrorist operations, however, for two years they did not made any operations.

“What a nerve Iván Duque has. Now it turns out that the mercenary Venezuelan deserters were going to destabilize Colombia. For two years we gave them accurate information on terrorist operations and they never lifted a finger. They protected them. And that’s how they pay those traitors”, wrote Arreaza on his account on the Twitter social network.

In the same way, he recalled that it was Colombia who was in charge of accompanying Clíver Alcalá – accused of drug trafficking – to a plane to extradite him to the United States (USA); however, faced with the arrest of these four people – whose purpose was to attack the government of Venezuela – they request it in the Colombian Justice, as well as mercenary Jordan Goudreau, owner of the Silvercop company, involved in the military incursion of last May, and whose purpose was to carry out a coup d’etat in Venezuela.

“The Colombian intelligence authorities courteously accompanied their partner Cliver Alcalá to the US VIP plane and said goodbye with hugs. Today they request it to the justice, along with American mercenary Jordan Grudeau. If they are consistent, then should also request Juan Guaidó”, he wrote in another message on the social network.

Earlier, the Colombian El Tiempo media reported on the arrest of four Venezuelan citizens, who had the mission of destabilizing the government of President Nicolás Maduro.

The citizens, identified as Yacsi Alexandra Álvarez, Rayder Alexander Russo and brothers Juvenal and José Sequea Torres, presumably participated in the coordination of the so-called Operation Gideon.

“These arrests, three in Bogotá and one in Barranquilla, were achieved based on information from American agencies, such as the FBI and the National Security Investigation Office”, manifested the source.

In the United States, detainees are prosecuted for the crimes of manufacturing, trafficking and carrying weapons, use of restricted-use ammunition, for the exclusive use of the Armed Forces, and training for illegal activities.

The document states that “intelligence information indicates that he pretended to be a member of the Venezuelan public force, in order to ‘infiltrate’ opposition organizations to the Maduro government”.

It is noteworthy that the Sequea Torres brothers are ex-officers of the Venezuelan Guard, and they were in charge of various safe houses to train the military who participated in the failed coup d’ etat.

The soldiers who participated in Operation Gideon were trained in camps located in La Guajira, as reports El Tiempo.