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Salvatore Mancuso reveals involvement in plan to assassinate Commander Chávez

He stated that politicians and businessmen from Venezuela went to Colombia seeking support from the self-defense groups.

The former paramilitary chief of the United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia (AUC), Salvatore Mancuso, revealed some names of those who sought support to take action against Commander Hugo Chávez, including a coup d'état and his assassination.

In interview for VenezuelaNews, Mancuso stated that there was great interest from “Venezuelan politicians and businessmen who came to Colombia seeking the support of the self-defense groups to overthrow President Hugo Chávez, and even with the support of some Venezuelan military personnel.”

“I met directly with politicians and businessmen and some Venezuelan soldiers at that time; “That was 2002,” she said.

Mancuso assured that in the planned operation there was complicity from authorities at that time such as Enrique Catalán, mayor of El Hatillo; Enrique Capriles Radonski, mayor of Baruta; and Enrique Mendoza, governor of the state of Miranda.

“The development of the operation included murder President Hugo Chávez Frías with an elite group during a dinner with bankers at La Casona, presidential residence. Other commandos would assault the Miraflores Palace, other commands would take over an air base near Miraflores, from where planes would fly to prevent air support to the military that could support the defense of Miraflores; capture Air Force aircraft with the intention of bombing the presidential palace of Miraflores”, and also obtain weapons.

The plan included provoking clashes between the Army and the National Guard to generate chaos within the Armed Forces, and even taking over oil, electrical and communication services facilities.

He also spoke about the commando that was detained and that had gone to train at the Daktari Farm in El Hatillo, giving the names of those involved, such as Ovidio Poggioli, Jesús Farías Rodríguez, Rafael Farías Villasmil, Gustavo Zingg Machado and Oswaldo Álvarez Paz, among others. .

Peace process in Colombia

He spoke about his commitment to peace in Colombia and willingness to continue contributing so that the acts of violence, which have left millions of victims due to the armed conflict, do not continue to occur in the country.

He also spoke about the president of Colombia, Gustavo Petro, stating that he is an “honest person, committed to the peace of the country and has wanted to carry out all these processes that have to do with peace and reconciliation and non-repetition.”

“It is not correct that political differences are resolved through weapons, there is dialogue, there are other different ways,” he expressed.

Regarding the former president Alvaro Uribe Velez, indicated that he had relations with the self-defense groups. “We had relations through emissaries and people who served as interlocutors (…) and we carried out many war actions.”

He recalled that an emissary from Uribe contacted the self-defense groups to organize actions such as the Aro massacre, in which more than ten people died.

Likewise, he stated that former President Uribe “betrayed us, he did not comply with the agreements, he even did not want us to sign the agreements when we asked him to sign the agreements we reached in Ralito, he extradited us.”

Israeli advisory

Mancuso also addressed the advice given by the Israeli mercenary Yair Klein, specifying that he was legally in Colombia and that, through institutions such as the Administrative Department of Security (DAS), he offered counterguerrilla courses.

“They trained irregular warfare tactics and that includes how to obtain information from the enemy that is captured. They were taught to use different methods that actually have to do with torture: bags, water, all these things; how these attacks by the same guerrilla were faced,” he added.

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