A former Venezuelan general accused of participating in the Narcotello plot with the country’s president Nicolas Maduro says he has no way to participate in such a plan.
After all, how did Cliver Antonio Alcala Cordones collude with Maduro when the CIA learned that he was one of the rebels? Working on capsizing Maduro’s socialist government?
This was a discussion made by Cordones lawyers in a motion on January 29 to dismiss Narcoterrorism, corruption, drug trafficking, and other criminal charges against him.
According to the Department of Justice (DOJ), Cordones colluded with Maduro, other top executives of the Venezuelan administration, and members of Colombia’s Fuersas Armadas Revolsionarias de Colombia (FARC) to ship cocaine to the United States.Defendants have done so for almost 20 years to fund their activities and “to undermine the health and well-being of our country,” said US lawyer Jeffrey Berman when. Price announcement March 2020.
However, according to Cordones, the DOJ provides little evidence to link him to Maduro’s plot.
“The claims in this case are a stunning and overwhelming equivalent, both in scope and content,” said Cordones’ lawyer in a motion to dismiss on January 29, in which the client made several specific claims. He added that they are both protected by a sovereign immunity. I’m against him.
That should be enough to dismiss the accusation against Cordones, his move argued. But if this is not the case, the motion must begin to create thousands of records of the proceedings against Cordones, including information allegedly indicating his anti-Maduro activity over the past few years, the motion said.
“There is reason to believe that reports of General Alcala Cordones’ activities were communicated at the highest level of many US government agencies such as the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the Treasury, the National Security Council, DEA, and DOJ.” Said.
“Such evidence will cast doubt on the government’s theory of prosecution and support the defense of withdrawal from such plots to the extent that the government can prove such plots.”
The details of Cordones’ alleged anti-Maduro activity are read like spy novels.
According to the motion, Cordones joined the Venezuelan army at the age of 17, served for 30 years, and then retired in 2013 when former President Hugo Chavez died. The ideal of democracy that General Alcala Cordones has supported in his long career. “
“Therefore, he declined the offer of two separate embassy-based positions in Maduro and retired from the army just four months after Maduro took office. This is his 30-year military service. It was in line with the achievement, “said the motion.
This move described Cordones as Maduro’s “notorious enemy” for the next few years.
“General Alcala Cordones’ opposition to Maduro quickly escalated, and by 2017, General Alcala Cordones, with the knowledge of the U.S. Government, was willing to make the first attempt to dismiss Maduro and his associates through military intervention. I started planning for it, “said the motion. “These were not theoretical discussions of democratic change, these were plans for an armed rebellion against the government and its leadership.”
Such an first attempt was planned for March 2018, but the Venezuelan government learned of the plan and shattered it. According to Filing, Cordones fled to Colombia, where he continued to participate in anti-Maduro activities.
On the eve of the second attempted coup in 2020 —This also failed—Cordones said he was contacted directly by a US law enforcement officer who informed him of the indictment of drug terrorism.
“The agent told General Alcala Cordones that he would either board a private jet to New York or be held in a Colombian prison and be the target of Venezuelan intelligence for assassination,” the motion said. rice field. “With few choices, General Alcala Cordones agreed to accompany the agent back to the United States.”
According to the motion, Cordones is demanding a record of the US government’s knowledge that it has participated in two coup attempts against Maduro since November last year. Cordones has not received such a record, so he said he is seeking a court order for production.
“The court should order the government to produce all materials related to General Alcala Cordones’ plans and coup attempts against Maduro,” the motion said. “We have requested the preparation of such material in that it provides direct evidence of the defense case, and we require the court to specifically order its preparation.”
The prosecutor has not yet accepted the submission. The DOJ and the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) declined to comment. The CIA and the Treasury did not respond to requests for comment.
In a September 2018 article on a coup plan in Venezuela last year, the New York Times reported that US officials had met with Venezuelan rebels but denied their appeal for help.
“The main demand of military plotters is encrypted radio, and they planned to use it to communicate between them to capture Mr. Maduro and his adjutant,” the New York Times is unnamed. Reported by citing an interview with US officials and a former Venezuelan military commander.
“But the United States never accepted the request, and after many meetings, the Venezuelans became frustrated.”
After a second coup attempt against Maduro failed in 2020, it involved at least two former US soldiers fighting as mercenaries, but President Donald Trump denied any connection to the plot.
“Whatever it is, we’ll let you know,” Trump told reporters at the time. “But it has nothing to do with our government.”