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Venezuela threatens Netherlands if diplomat is not released in Aruba
Published on July 26, 2014 Email To Friend    Print Version

CARACAS, Venezuela – The Netherlands must ensure the release of the Venezuelan diplomat who was arrested in Aruba on suspicion of drug trafficking. If this does not happen then it will have consequences for the diplomatic and trade relations between the Netherlands and Venezuela, the Venezuelan foreign ministry said on Thursday.

General Hugo Carvajal
The diplomat in question is General Hugo Carvajal, the former head of intelligence in Venezuela. He was appointed to Aruba as Venezuela’s consul general. Carvajal is wanted by the United States for alleged drug trafficking. He was arrested on Wednesday.

According to the US, Carvajal worked with the leftist rebels FARC in Colombia.

Venezuela called the arrest in Aruba “illegal and arbitrary” and claimed his diplomatic immunity was not respected.

Republished with permission of the Curacao Chronicle
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John Hayes:

Seeing Aruba submit to and appease these narco-thugs currently in power in Venezuela does not make North Americans with any sense and self-respect feel safe about island vacations or grow in our respect for respect for the Netherlands.


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