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World U.S. to file criminal charges against Venezuelan president

16:30  26 march  2020
16:30  26 march  2020 Source:   nbcnews.com

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FILE PHOTO: Venezuela ' s President Nicolas Maduro speaks during a news conference at Miraflores Palace in Caracas, Venezuela , March 12, 2020. WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U . S . government is expected to bring criminal charges against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and several

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Attorney General William Barr will announce on Thursday the filing of criminal charges against senior officials of the government of Venezuela, including President Nicolás Maduro, accusing them of involvement in the country's illegal drug trafficking, according to senior administration officials.

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The U.S. and Maduro have long been at odds over the country's extensive corruption. The Trump administration backed a leader of the opposition, Juan Guaidó, instead of Maduro.

Tensions between the two countries began to deteriorate after Hugo Chavez, Maduro's predecessor, became president in 1999. He villainized the U.S. and other countries he accused of taking advantage of Venezuela.

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The Justice Department has charged two relatives of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro with conspiring to transport cocaine to the U . S . According to people familiar with the matter, Haitian police officers arrested the men before turning them over to U . S . Drug Enforcement

The U . S . quietly unsealed criminal cases against two former officials at Venezuela ’ s state oil monopoly this On Friday, Miami prosecutors charged Leonardo Santilli, a Venezuelan citizen who controlled several Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro spoke to reporters in Caracas this month.

Last month, the International Narcotics Control Board said a criminal structure, including parts of the Venezuela government and military, was heavily involved in drug trafficking.

"There are indications that in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, criminal groups have succeeded in infiltrating government security forces, forming an informal network known as the 'Cartel of the Suns' to facilitate the passage of illicit drugs into and out the country," the board said.

Barr is expected to announce the charges and further U.S. diplomatic sanctions on Venezuela at a mid-morning news conference.

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