March 26, 2020.
The Venezuelan Attorney General's Office said Thursday that it opened an investigation into opposition leader Juan Guaidó for the crime of a coup d'état.
The opening of the process was announced by the attorney general, Tarek William Saab, who indicated in his Twitter account that he opened the process to Guaidó, retired Major General Clíver Alcalá Cordones and other collaborators for an alleged “attempted coup d'état” against President Nicolás Maduro.
On the same day, in the morning, the US government announced that it had filed charges against Maduro and his closest associates, accusing them of turning Venezuela into a criminal emporium at the service of drug traffickers and terrorists. Among the accused is also Alcalá Cordones.
In the last fourteen months, the Attorney General's Office, which is controlled by the government, has initiated five processes against the head of the National Assembly.
Saab said that the investigation was opened after a statement made by Alcalá Cordones to the Colombian radio station W Radio in which he admitted that he coordinated the transfer of a batch of weapons, which were seized at the beginning of the week in northern Colombia, and maintained that the weapons were part of an agreement between him, Guaidó and US advisers to use them in an operation against Maduro.
"In the contract that President Guaidó signed, signed by the North American advisers, it was said that the purchase of the weapons were the heritage of the Venezuelan people," said the retired military man, who has lived in Colombia for a couple of years after distancing himself from the government.
The announcement of the process comes a day after the Minister of Communication, Jorge Rodríguez, denounced an alleged plot that was being promoted from Colombia to attack Maduro and other government figures in the midst of the crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
Rodríguez confirmed on Thursday that the weapons seized in Colombia, which included 26 AR-15 assault rifles and other equipment such as butts, riflescopes, rifle silencers, binoculars and radios, would be used in the anti-government plot, and accused the government of Donald Trump to design, plan and order the operation.
Rodríguez linked the plan with a batch of 26 AR-15 assault rifles and other equipment such as butts, riflescopes, rifle silencers, binoculars and radios, which were seized at the beginning of the week by Colombian police.
Without presenting evidence, the minister affirmed that the weapons were destined for the Venezuelan city of Maracaibo, in the west of the country, where it would be distributed among "command groups" to carry out violent acts in Venezuela.
Guaidó, who has been recognized as interim president by almost 60 countries, announced on Wednesday that he managed to "recover" $ 20 million of resources from Venezuela that were abroad to be granted and administered by international multilateral organizations to confront the coronavirus, which threatens with generating serious havoc in the South American nation in the face of the deterioration of its health system and the severe economic and social crisis it is facing.
The opposition leader urged, in a message that he spread on social networks, that the armed forces “remove the obstacles” that prevent the arrival of humanitarian aid.