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US News Venezuela: Maduro accused of illegally selling gold, the Emirates would be the "nerve center" of trafficking

12:02  05 march  2021
12:02  05 march  2021 Source:   nouvelobs.com

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Head winds for Nicolas Maduro. Julio Borges, a representative of opposition leader Juan Guaido , recognized by some 50 countries as interim president in Venezuela, accused the president's government of illegally selling gold from the country's reserves, who is going through a serious crisis, to get cash. Borges recently visited Washington to unveil the findings of an investigation into Caracas' sale of 300 tonnes of gold since 2014, with the alleged involvement of Russia, Mali and the United Arab Emirates.

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According to the opponent, who gave a virtual press conference from the United States, the United Arab Emirates are "the nerve center" of this trafficking and Nicolas Maduro has obtained "a little over a billion dollars euros "in 2020 thanks to these illegal sales. "Significant amounts of cash left the United Arab Emirates towards Venezuela to be exchanged for Venezuelan gold," said Borges, who presented the findings of the investigation Tuesday to the US Treasury and Wednesday before the Senate External Relations Committee. "This money arrives in Venezuela without any control," he accused.

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Venezuela, whose gold reserves at the Central Bank have fallen by 275 tons since 2014 to settle in December 2020 at 85.7 tons , has enormous difficulty accessing liquidity due to the collapse in oil prices and production, exacerbated by US economic sanctions. The government is also trying to recover 30 tons of gold stored at the Bank of England, but access is denied, with London recognizing Juan Guaido as interim president.

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Julio Borges, who claims to have "documents, photos and videos" in support of his accusations, claims that the ingots are sent from Venezuela in a Russian plane to their destination from a refinery in Mali "so that there is no trace indicating that it is Venezuelan gold". "Once it is melted, it is loaded onto another plane from the United Arab Emirates (...) the cash in exchange (...) is loaded on board the Russian plane" which "s' returns to Venezuela ", explains the opponent.

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According to Julio Borges, who indicated that the investigation had started thanks to information provided by a military official, Libya and Switzerland are also destinations for Venezuelan gold and two French people working for the Emirati financial company Noor Capital are involved in these exchanges. The opponent urged Washington to investigate the matter.

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