US indicts Venezuela’s Maduro on charges of ‘narco terrorism’

Washington has offered $15 million bounty on his arrest

Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro speaks during a press conference with members of the foreign media at Miraflores Palace in Caracas. AFP

The US Department of Justice indicted Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro on Thursday, charging him with narco terrorism and putting a $15 million bounty on his arrest.

The charges were announced by the Department of Justice in an unprecedented move against a foreign leader.

In the announcement, Justice Department officials called Mr Maudro “a leader of a cartel” and accused him of alleged conspiracy to send cocaine to the United States by running a drug trafficking network and engaging in money laundering.

US attorney general William Barr said “today’s announcement is focused on rooting out the extensive corruption within the Venezuelan government – a system constructed and controlled to enrich those at the highest levels of the government. The United States will not allow these corrupt Venezuelan officials to use the US banking system to move their illicit proceeds from South America, nor further their criminal schemes.”

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.