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Venezuela court sentences two U.S. ex-soldiers for 20 years after failed incursion
Venezuela court sentences two U.S. ex-soldiers for 20 years after failed incursion
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A Venezuelan court sentenced Luke Denman and Airan Berry, two former United States Army Special Forces soldiers, to 20 years in prison for their role in a failed incursion aimed at ousting President Nicolas Maduro in early May.

Chief prosecutor Tarek William Saab said on Twitter "Said gentlemen ADMITTED having committed crimes of conspiracy, association, illicit trafficking of weapons, war and terrorism typified in the Penal Code".

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Venezuelan opposition parties announced a boycott to the December election
Nicolás Maduro
Nicolás Maduro Credit: Kremlin (Public Domain)

The opposition parties of Venezuela announced Sunday a success to boycott the legislative elections of December 6, calling it a "fraud".

In a document signed by all of them, it is noted that all local and international efforts have fallen to achieve a fair process. "The Chavista dictatorship ended up with the possibility of having any kind of free and competitive election", the parties denounced.

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Venezuela detains three more people allegedly involved in the Maduro kidnap attempt

Venezuelan forces have detained three more people that allegedly have been involved in the failed attempt to kidnap Nicolás Maduro. In total, more than 40 people have now been arrested after the failed attempt of a group of 60 mercenaries to kidnap president Maduro.

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Report: Security firm to overthrow Venezuelan government was hired by opposition

According to a document published by the Washington Post, the opposition of the Venezuelan government lead by Juan Guaido hired the US security firm SilverCorp that tried to invade Venezuela and overthrow president Nicolas Maduro. Guaido had previously denied any involvement in the matter.

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Two US citizens arrested by Venezuela in invasion attempt - Trump denies ties

Two former US special forces Luke Denman and Airan Berry were arrested in Venezuela after a failed infiltration attempt.

Trump denies US involvement.

Florida based private security company Silvercorp USA claims responsibility and its founder, Jordan Goudreau, accuses Juan Guaido of failing to pay him.

Guaido denies any relationship.

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Ex-Green Beret claims he led foiled raid into Venezuela

An attack aimed at overthrowing Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro ended with eight dead.

Interior Minister Nestor Reverol said on state television that armed maritime incursion with speedboats came from neighboring Colombia. Authorities said they found Peruvian documents, high-caliber weapons, satellite phones, uniforms and helmets adorned with the U.S. flag. Both U.S. and Colombian officials dismissed the Venezuelan allegations.

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Venezuela thwarts paramilitary infiltration attempt from Colombia

Several dead and two detained in failed infiltration attempt by speedboat from Colombia into Venezuela. Dead include former captain of the Venezuelan armed forces Robert Colina. Several high caliber weapons, satellite communication equipment and vehicles seized.