Officials of the Anti-Kidnapping Commando of Venezuela’s Scientific, Penal and Criminal Investigative Body (CICPC) took less than 72 hours to rescue Elizabeth Mendez de Zambrano, the kidnapped mother of the Venezuelan baseball player Victor Zambrano. The rescue was part of an operation carried out in Aragua state in northern Venezuela, said the Bolivarian News Agency.
The Minister of People’s Power for Interior and Justice Tareck El Aissami explained that Mendez was rescued in the village of El Consejo. The Bolivarian News Agency also informed that during the commando operation officials detained three people involved in the case.
During a live phone conversation broadcasted by the state-owned Venezolana de Television, the baseball pitcher Victor Zambrano urged the Venezuelan people to fully trust the security bodies of the state. “I really appreciate all the support given by Minister Tareck El Aissami and the CICPC. It was a very difficult situation,” said Zambrano.
“Thanks to God and the CICPC everything is perfect and my mother is with us again. What I said to all Venezuelans is to trust our officers because they are here to help us and protect our security,” said Zambrano.
Thirty Two Thousand Firearms Destroyed
The Bolivarian Government destroyed 32,477 firearms on Wednesday as part of the campaign against illicit use of weapons, which includes disarming of the population and destruction of all weapons seized in the country. This destruction was carried out within the framework of the National Plan of Prevention and Citizen Security developed by the Venezuelan Government, informed Telesur.
During the public event, Venezuelan officials informed that funds received as a result of the weapon smelting will be given to the NGO Friends of Children with Cancer Foundation.
ABN/Telesur/Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela Press and Communications Office/November 12, 2009