15 CHARGED IN BOTCHED PLOT TO OUST MADURO
Fifteen people have been charged in Venezuela with involvement in a plot to kidnap President Nicolas Maduro in May, Attorney General Tarek William Saab said on Thursday (Friday, August 14, 2020, in Manila.)
They admitted the charges against them, Saab told the Deutsche Presse-Agentur (dpa) on Twitter. Two US citizens have already been sentenced to 20 years in prison each in the same affair.
Several armed groups had entered Venezuela from Colombia, according to official sources. At least eight people were killed in fighting with security forces, while many more were arrested.
At the time, Maduro accused US President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo of involvement in a foiled coup against him, but Washington denied responsibility. US media reported on documents alleging the coup attempt was orchestrated by US security company Silvercorp, run by former elite soldier Jordan Goudreau, in cooperation with the opposition. The mercenaries allegedly intended to arrest Maduro and take him to the US, where a bounty has been put on his head and where he is accused of drug trafficking.