Venezuela charges two Americans with ‘terrorism, conspiracy’


Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro had vowed two Americans would face trial for allegedly being part of a mercenary force that tried to invade the South American country Marcelo Garcia Venezuelan Presidency. PHOTO: AFP

Venezuela has charged two former American soldiers with “terrorism” and “conspiracy” for allegedly taking part in a failed invasion bid to topple President Nicolas Maduro, the attorney general said on Friday.

Luke Alexander Denman, 34, and Airan Berry, 41, were among 17 people captured by the Venezuelan military who said they thwarted an attempted invasion by mercenaries in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Attorney General Tarek William Saab said they had been charged with “terrorism, conspiracy, illicit trafficking of weapons of war and (criminal) association,” and could face 25-30 years in prison.

Eight attackers were reportedly killed in the attempted incursion.

Saab said Venezuela had requested an international arrest warrant for the capture of…

Source: Vanguard Newspaper