Venezuela charged in murder plot

A Spanish judge has charged 13 members of the Basque
separatist group ETA and the Colombian rebel group FARC over a plot to
assassinate Colombian officials, including President Alvaro Uribe.

Judge
Eloy Velasco also charged Venezuelan government cooperated in the plot,
according to a copy of his ruling.

He
said a member of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) had carried
out surveillance on the Colombian embassy in Madrid and the routes taken by
former Colombian president Andres Pastrana, who lives in Spain.

The
FARC member reported that “it would not be difficult to carry out an
attack on those two targets as long as they could count on the help of
ETA,” the ruling said.

The
FARC therefore asked ETA to follow Pastrana, as well as the former ambassador
to Spain Noemi Sanin, current Vice President Francisco Santos, the former mayor
of Bogota Antanas Mockus “with the aim of assassinating one of them when
they were in Spain.”

“More
recently” Uribe was also added to that list, the ruling said.

The
judge charged six suspected members of ETA and seven members of FARC in
connection with the plot.

Among
those charged was ETA member Arturo Cubillas Fontan, who was named to a post in
Venezuela’s agriculture ministry in 2005 and whose Venezuelan wife, Goizeder
Odriozola Lataillade, is an official in the government of President Hugo
Chavez.

Fontan
was in charge of ETA operations “in this part of Latin America since
1999” and “coordinated relations between FARC and ETA and the
participation of ETA members in courses on explosives and urban guerrilla
warfare,” Velasco said.

The
judge charged Fontan and two FARC members, Edgar Gustavo Navarro Morales and Victor
Ramon Vargas Salazar, with conspiracy to commit terrorist murders.

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