Published On: Mon, Sep 15th, 2014

Ex-security chief Venezuela dead?

hugo-carvajal-nicolas-maduro-10_655x438WILLEMSTAD, CARACAS - The former Venezuelan security chief Hugo Carvajal was, according to social media in Venezuela, found dead in a hotel in Caracas. The man who was recently the center of a diplomatic row between the Netherlands and Venezuela, was supposedly murdered in his hotel room.

The government of Nicolás Maduro denied the murder Sunday through its own media channels and says the opposition is using this coverage just to destabilize the country. Carvajal has not yet appeared in public.

Carvajal is nicknamed El Pollo (Chicken), because of his sterile stature. He was, the head of military intelligence DIM in Venezuela between 2004 and 2012 and a close confidant of leftist President Hugo Chavez. The United States sought him for drug trafficking and support to the Colombian guerilla group FARC.

This year, Carvajal was appointed consul in Aruba. When he arrived there, he was captured at the request of the United States. Venezuela reacted angrily, and after the intervention of the Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs, Frans Timmermans, Carvajal was freed after five days.

Timmermans admitted that Carvajal did not go through the diplomatic screening, but that he still enjoyed immunity. He acknowledged that the arrest of El Pollo was a breach of international agreements on diplomatic immunity. Then Justice in Aruba had to let the consul go.

His arrest had also a great effect on the relations between Curaçao and Venezuela. Venezuela even threatened to close down the oil refinery. The South American country, even closed its borders for airlines operating under Dutch Antilles’ registration.

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