Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó called
“Mounting” allegations about his links with Colombian paramilitaries after
The Venezuelan government has released new photos of you with alleged criminals. Nas
photographs, Guaidó appears alongside alleged members of Los Rastrojos,
criminal group linked to drug trafficking that emerged in Colombia after the dissolution
paramilitary units in the country.
“This new assembly represents another chapter of a
novel created by the usurper regime to harass, stalk and detain ”their
opponents, the opposition leader said in a statement. Guaidó is recognized
as president in charge of Venezuela for fifty countries.
Previously, the Minister of Communication, Jorge Rodríguez,
presented photos on Venezuelan state television in which Guaidó appears with
two notable members of Los Rastrojos: Jonathan Orlando García, also
known as 'poor Patron', and Iván Pode Pedrozo, known as Nandito.
Pickup truck, which according to the Venezuelan government, would have been used by drug traffickers to drive Guaidó to Colombia. Opposition leader says it is "montage" of the government.
According to the minister, Pode, recently detained in the western state of Zulia, told Venezuelan authorities how a Los Rastrojos squadron transferred Guaidó to Colombian territory on February 22 from the border state of Táchira. The opposing leader attended a concert on the 22nd and a day later tried unsuccessfully to enter with humanitarian aid from Colombia.
Guaidó insisted on Friday that the government tries
confuse it with "forced testimony" and "hide" complaints
about Maduro's "support" to Colombian leftist guerrillas.
Two other photographs in which Guaidó poses with two
members of Los Rastrojos – detained in Colombia on June 18 – were
published on September 12 by an NGO operating at the binational border. Guaidó
defended himself then, noting that he did not know these people, that he said that
asked him to photograph himself like many other spontaneous people.
In the new images, Guaidó is seen in one of the photos being
hugged by 'poor Patron' and in a pickup truck apparently driven by
same man. In another photo, Guaidó poses with Nandito. Minister Rodríguez said
that Guaidó was transferred to Colombia in that vehicle, after which
boarded a helicopter in the service of Colombian President Ivan Duque.
Citing Nandito, the minister added that the photos were
taken by the paramilitaries themselves to blackmail Guaidó in an eventual
opponent's government to traffic drugs at will. Last Friday, the
Prosecutor opened an investigation for alleged links between Guaido and