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President Ch?vez Reproaches U.S for not Detaining Venezuelan Fugitive

Manuel Rosales, the former governor of the State of Zulia, participated in a political event in Washington, D.C. despite an Interpol’s order for his detention.   

The President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Hugo Chávez, reproached Washington on Sunday for not detaining Manuel Rosales, a Venezuelan fugitive from justice who traveled to the United States even though he has been accused of corruption and has an Interpol order for his detention.

“He was not detained in any airport,” the president said during his weekly-show Aló Presidente.

The former governor of the western State of Zulia and former opposition presidential candidate escaped from Venezuela in April 2009 to avoid proceedings for illegal enrichment during his first term as governor. Despite being wanted by Interpol, Rosales went through the U.S. immigration and customs enforcement without any problems and participated in an event on December 3 organized by the Center for Latin American Studies of the Hudson Institute. He has likely remained in Washington, D.C. 

For its part, the Minister of People’s Power for Interior and Justice, Tarek El Aissami, recalled on Saturday that in 2009 Venezuela has detained four U.S. citizens accused of different crimes that had Interpol detention orders pending against them. Those citizens were delivered to the proper authorities in the United States, thus fulfilling the principle of reciprocity established in cooperation agreements between the two countries, said the minister.

TeleSur/Press and Communication Office of the Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in the U.S. / December 6, 2009

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