US gives USD 5M bounty for prime Venezuela choose, Maduro ally

Caracas, July 22

The Trump administration supplied a USD 5 million reward on Tuesday for info resulting in the arrest of the pinnacle of Venezuela’s excessive courtroom, accusing the choose of taking bribes.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo mentioned Supreme Tribunal of Justice President Maikel Moreno, a detailed political ally of socialist President Nicolás Maduro, actively participated in transnational organized crime.

Moreno has allegedly acquired bribes in over 20 prison and civil courtroom instances, Pompeo mentioned.

“The United States continues to stand with the people of Venezuela in their fight against corruption and for the peaceful restoration of democracy,” Pompeo mentioned in a press release.

The Trump administration this yr launched a “maximum pressure” marketing campaign to oust Maduro as Venezuela’s financial and social disaster deepens within the once-wealthy oil nation. US officers earlier this yr charged Maduro as a narcoterrorist, providing USD 15 million for his arrest.

Moreno didn’t instantly touch upon the US reward cash for his arrest. But Maduro has rejected the US fees towards him, saying the are politically motivated.

The White House acknowledges opposition chief Juan Guaidó as Venezuela’s professional chief.

US federal prosecutors earlier this yr charged Moreno with cash laundering offenses related to the bribery. —AP

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