Venezuela Asks Colombia to Extradite Maduro Assassination Plotters

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At a press conference on Thursday, Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza said that the Venezuelan government has asked Colombia to extradite Julio Borges and four others involved in the recent failed assassination attack on President Nicolás Maduro.

“We asked for the extradition of the retired Colonel Oswaldo Valentín Garcia Palomo, Gregorio José Yaguas Monje, the Colombian migration official, Mauricio Jiménez Pinzón, Yilbert Escalona Torrealba, known as a pastor, and Julio Borges,” said the Foreign Minister.

The Venezuelan government has begun the necessary procedures to have extradited all those involved in the failed attempt on President Nicolas Maduro on Saturday, August 4, during a military parade, Communication and Information Minister Jorge Rodríguez said at the news conference.

“The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and the Government of President Nicolás Maduro has activated the diplomatic and legal mechanisms for the criminals and extraterritorial murderers of Venezuela involved in the events of August 4 … to answer to Venezuelan justice,” added Rodriguez.

This comes as the Venezuelan National Constituent Assembly decided on Wednesday to withdraw the parliamentary immunity of opposition politicians Julio Borges and Juan Requesens.

Two drones loaded with explosives were detonated during a military parade held in Caracas last Saturday as the Venezuelan head of state gave a speech.

Shortly after the incident, Maduro, who was not injured in the incident, blamed opposition forces in Colombia and the United States for the attempted murder. A local opposition group, self-styled National Flanelas Soldiers Movement, took responsibility for the act.

Juan Requesens, a 29-year-old student leader, was detained because of his alleged involvement in the attack on the president.

“What happened on August 4 was an attempt to assassinate the hope and peace of a nation. It is not customary in Venezuela to practice assassinating the adversary and we will not allow the plague of assassination to be installed in our homeland. There will be Justice!” Maduro said from his Twitter account.

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