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October 15, 2005Original Article (Spanish)
"The CIA advised, with all of its experience, the method for carrying out this terrorist act," said Attorney General of the Republic, Isaiah Rodriguez, in regard to the participation of the Central Intelligence Agency in the murder of Judge Danilo Anderson.
[Editor's Note: The Venezuelan authorities believe Anderson was killed by two charges of C4 plastic explosive fixed to his car and detonated remotely, apparently by cell phone].
Once again, he said that the criminal attack, committed on the 18th of November, 2004, was part of a conspiracy to carry out two assassinations: one against himself and another against President Hugo Chávez, but the original plan was never carried out because the United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia and the CIA handlers warned of the risks such a plan involved.
"They then turned
their attention to a person involved with the investigation that had less security
and so was more vulnerable, and that person was [Judge] Danilo Anderson. For
this reason, the CIA is involved with the death of
To be precise, the
Attorney General said that the participation of the CIA consisted of the
presence of its agents at meetings in
[Editor's Note: The United
Self-Defense Forces of Colombia is an umbrella group of right-wing paramilitary organizations
created to protect the economic interests of landowners and to combat left-wing
FARC and ELN insurgents in
In regard to this, the
Attorney General exhorted the Government of the
Rodriguez is confident that
on November 4th, a public trial under magistrate number 20, Luis Goatherd, will
begin hearing oral arguments on the criminal responsibility of former police officials
Juan Bautista, and Otoniel and Rolando Guevara, as key participants in
The Attorney General reiterated
that authorities have identified two main authors of the crime, who were present
at meetings in
"I have no doubt that these witnesses will be at the trial and will state, with great conviction, with responsibility and in tedious detail, everything they know about the masterminds," remarked Rodriguez, who reminded listeners that the witnesses and their families had been threatened with attack, and that the Justice Ministry had been offering them protection for several months.