Suspect in Nicolas Maduro assassination plot dies in mysterious fall from window
This story has a lot of connections some are a bit odd. Why did Bob Corker announce the day of the arrest of Fernando Alban that he would be traveling to Venezuela? Was he at the prison the day Fernando Alban committed suicide?
Senior U.S. lawmaker on foreign relations to visit Venezuela
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The chairman of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee will travel to Venezuela “to assess the current situation,” a spokeswoman said, amid tensions between Caracas and Washington.
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — A jailed councilman in Venezuela arrested on suspicion of involvement in a failed assassination attempt on President Nicolas Maduro has died of suicide, the government said Monday.
The official suicide claim drew swift denial from opposition leaders close to Fernando Alban, and a few dozen of his supporters gathered outside the headquarters of Venezuela’s intelligence service yelling “Maduro killer!” contending that he had been murdered.
While Venezuelans last year watched as dozens of youth were killed in violent street battles with security forces, the death of activists while in the government’s custody is a fate more associated with the far deadlier dictatorships that dominated much of South America in the 1970s.
Alban, 56, was taken into custody Friday at Caracas’ international airport upon arriving from New York, according to his lawyer. He was in the U.S. accompanying other members of his First Justice party for meetings with foreign dignitaries attending the United Nations General Assembly.
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Washington backed the effort to overthrow Hugo Chavez in 2002, but appears to be resisting calls to try to oust his successor