Venezuela Charges US Citizen with Terrorism

National Guard soldiers stand guard outside a police van holding people detained for not complying with COVID-19 regulations by breaking curfew and, or attending block parties, in the Petare neighborhood of Caracas, Venezuela, (Photo credit: AP)

(VOA News) – Venezuela is charging a recently arrested U.S. citizen with terrorism and weapons trafficking.

Chief prosecutor Tarek Saab said Matthew John Heath, who was arrested in Venezuela last week, was plotting attacks against Venezuela’s oil industry and electricity system.

Saab said Heath was traveling in a vehicle and carrying a “coin” allegedly linking him to the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, but he did not provide any details.

Saab also said three Venezuelans citizens detained with Heath, including one member of the military, are charged with treason in connection to the alleged plot.

The U.S. State Department had no immediate comment after the charges were announced Monday.

Heath’s plight was first revealed last week by Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, who said at the time, an unnamed U.S. citizen was arrested while allegedly spying on the country’s Amuay and Cardon refineries in western Falcon state and carrying “specialized weapons” and large amounts of cash.

Source: VOA News

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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.

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