US 'disappointed' at Venezuelan general's release

The United States said it was "profoundly disappointed" by former General Hugo Carvajal's release on drug trafficking charges

US 'disappointed' at Venezuelan general's release

World Bulletin/News Desk

The United States has expressed "profound disappointment" over the release of Venezuelan General Hugo Carvajal, who had been held on allegations of drug trafficking.

Carvajal was being detained on the Dutch Caribbean island of Aruba at the behest of the U.S. but had been freed following pressure from the Venezuelan government, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said on Monday.

"This is not the way in which matters related to complying with the law should be dealt with," Psaki was quoted by Colombia's El País newspaper as saying.

As well as protecting drug trafficking by Colombian FACR rebels, Carvajal and other Venezuelan military officials were accused of delivering arms to FARC rebels, the newspaper reported.

Carvajal was appointed by Venezuela as its new consul to Aruba in January but was arrested on Wednesday when he flew to the island, located around 25km from the Venezuelan coastline.

The former general was greeted as a hero on his return to Venezuelan capital Caracas late on Sunday, with President Nicolas Maduro inviting him onto the stage at a United Socialist Party meeting.

Maduro declared Carvajal had been "rescued thanks to a diplomatic and political operations developed by the Venezuelan government" and accused former Colombian president Alvaro Uribe of concocting a "false dossier" to incriminate the general, the Notícias 24 news site reported.

On Sunday, a Dutch court ruled Carvajal was protected by diplomatic immunity and he was released.

Carvajal headed Venezuela’s military intelligence unit for five years and was a close ally of former President Hugo Chavez.


Güncelleme Tarihi: 28 Temmuz 2014, 23:02

Muhammed Öylek