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Behind Venezuelan Vice President Tareck El Aissami’s Drug Trafficking Activities

By: Sabrina Martín - @SabrinaMartinR - Feb 15, 2017, 10:52 am
Venezuelan Vice President Tareck El Aissami
According to the Treasury Department, the Venezuelan Vice President’s alleged frontman has at least a dozen companies linked to drug trafficking networks throughout the world (Efecto Cocuyo).

EspañolIn Venezuela, few were surprised to learn that Vice President Tareck El Aissami and businessman Samark José López Bello were listed on the United States Department of Treasury’s list of drug trafficking collaborators to Mexico and the United States.

Lopez Bello, 39, is a prominent figure in the food and construction sector, but his name has been associated with an alleged link to under-the-table purchases with the old Capriles chain, which owns several print media outlets in Venezuela.

According to US officials, the Vice President is associated with at least a dozen companies that are allegedly part of an interntional drug trafficking network. Here are eight of the most notable:

1)  Alfa One, C.A. (Venezuela).

2) Grupo Sahect, C.A. (Venezuela).

3) MFAA Holdings Limited (Virgin Islands).

4) Profit Corporation, C.A. (Venezuela).

5) Servicios Tecnológicos Industriales, C.A. (Venezuela).

6) SMT Tecnologia, C.A. (Venezuela).

7) Yakima Oil Trading, LLP (United Kingdom).

8) Yakima Trading Corporation (Panama)

López Bello’s companies offered their services to state-owned companies such as PDVSA, PDVSA Gas and Sidor, among others. Some state agencies, such as the Ministry of Popular Power for Communication and Information (Minci) and Corpoelec, are also reportedly involved.

Between 2009 and 2010, López Bello and his company Sahect were identified in a PDVAL case involving 720,000 tons of decomposed food. Investigations in Venezuela never reached conclusions against him.

Since February, Tareck’s alleged frontman has been the president of a Panamanian company whose main client is state oil company PDVSA.

The US Department of Treasury and the FBI opened an investigation that aims to link El Aissami to Hezbollah terrorism in an effort to make it public, according to media sources.

 

Recount

On February 8th, at least three dozen US lawmakers urged President Donald Trump to increase pressure on the Venezuelan government and issue sanctions against officials who have been responsible for acts of corruption and human rights violations.

Thirty-four lawmakers demanded a thorough investigation involving Venezuelan Vice President Tareck El Aissami for his alleged support of terrorist groups in the Middle East through the issuing of diplomatic passports.

An excerpt from the book Búmeran Chávez, written by ABC journalist Emili J. Blasco, asserted that “El Aissami was labeled by United States prosecutors as one of Chávez’s main links with Hezbollah.”

The Washington-based Center for a Secure and Free Society published a paper titled “Canada on Watch: Assessing the Threat of Iran, Venezuela and Cuba to Immigration Security” in 2014; the authors claimed Venezuela issued at least 173 Venezuelan passports to radical Islamists seeking to enter North America. They also claimed that for years, Iranian terrorists have been entering Venezuela with El Aissami’s direct assistance.

Sabrina Martín Sabrina Martín

Sabrina Martín is a Venezuelan journalist, commentator, and editor based in Valencia with experience in corporate communication. Follow @SabrinaMartinR.

Mexico: President Peña Nieto Denies Country’s Economic Crisis

By: Elena Toledo - @NenaToledo - Feb 14, 2017, 1:51 pm
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EspañolMexican President Enrique Peña Nieto said his country is not experiencing an economic crisis, but rather a "moment of economic challenge" caused by the uncertain future of relations with the United States. "We live in a time of economic challenges, but we do not have an economic crisis, Mr. Governor," Peña Nieto told Hidalgo Chief of State Omar Fayad, who had said Mexico faces "economic difficulties." Read More: Ecuador: Presidential Candidate Stands up for Venezuelan Democracy Read More: 18 Ecuadorean Politicians Took Bribes from Odebrecht "We are in a challenging time because we have scenarios of uncertainty, particularly regarding what will happen with the relationship with the United States, who is our main trading partner," he added. "But what is a fact is that several indicators allow us to see that the domestic consumption of our country is growing." Peña Nieto requested that people "not to be guided by the voices that want to forcefully condemn us to the fact that we are exclusively wrong. We have delays, we have challenges, but we also have considerable advancements." Regarding the increase in job creation figures released by the Mexican Social Security Institute this week, Peña Nieto said his throughout his six years in office, his administration has achieved the highest job creation figure recorded by any other Mexican government — more than 2.4 million jobs. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1459522593195-0'); });   "It has been a historical relationship for many years," Peña Nieto said. "They are our geographic neighbor, and that is a condition that we cannot change or modify. "Our border strip communities and the relationship we have between both nations are in different areas. We are going to work in accordance with these principles, which I have pointed out to you here, to defend Mexico's dignity, to exercise full national sovereignty, so that, in the end, what we build for the future of this relationship is win-win: so both Mexico and Americans win," he said. As for the latest figures taken by his administration, such as the increase in fuel prices, Peña Nieto said that "sometimes we have made difficult decisions, but we did so to prioritize what is more important to us. We cannot deny Mexicans the support they currently receive. We are not going to subtract or limit resources from government programs that help those who need it the most." Source: Milenio

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