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Prosecutor requests 4 arrest warrants for the Orlando Figuera case

Regarding the crime of Lieutenant Ojeda, Saab said that the Chilean Prosecutor's Office has not wanted to provide information that would allow the location of the suspects.

The 61st National Prosecutor's Office was appointed to give new impetus to the Orlando Figuera crime case, the Attorney General of the Republic, Tarek William Saab, reported at a press conference, who pointed out that new arrest warrants have been generated against Ángel Daniel Sucre Cova, Kleiver José Hernández, Yuber Enrique Rodríguez Villa and Elio Enrique Carrasquel Azócar,

He indicated that after an exhaustive review of the case, it was determined that moment before Figuera was burned alive in Altamira, he had had previous problems with Ángel Sucre, alias the Chinese; with Kleiver Hernández, alias “El Peca”; Yuber Rodríguez, alias “el Mono”; and Elio Carrasquel, alias “El Carrasquerito”.

Regarding Enzo Franchini, who is in Spain, Saab showed an image in which he can be seen “with a tinderbox burning Orlando Figuera alive,” according to what he said.

He recalled that the previous administration, of Luisa Ortega Díaz, did not investigate the case, but rather, in the opinion of the prosecutor, sponsored the crimes with impunity and gave carte blanche for them to kill.

He stated that Ortega said that he had been burned “alive for having stolen a cell phone.”

Upon arriving at the prosecutor's office, Saab said that he proceeded to begin the investigation by interviewing Figuera's mother, requesting the arrest of Franchini for the alleged commission of the crimes of public instigation, qualified intentional homicide and terrorism.

On June 10, 2019, Franchini was arrested in Spain and the Criminal Chamber of the TSJ declared his extradition appropriate. “Everything was accomplished, there was no delay or procedural error for there to be justice,” he said.

On June 5, 2020, the Plenary Session of the Criminal Chamber of the National Court of the Kingdom of Spain, through an Order issued by the First Section, declared the extradition of Enzo Franchini admissible through judicial means.

However, later, after an appeal, the extradition was denied, considering that his human rights would be violated, to which Saab indicated that it was absurd, “I have been dealing with this issue for years through academic studies. See how justice is instrumentalized. “Look at what happens in Gaza.”

Given this, he wondered where the human rights of Orlando Figuera are, who agonized for a month and was burned for wearing a red flannel and being dark-skinned. “His right to life was not respected because he was from a humble social class. The person he murdered, a white man with a European surname, was told that his rights could be violated, which is why his extradition has not been finalized.

He recalled that there was a balance for 2017, when what he called an “embryo of civil war with the misnamed guarimbas” was generated, of more than 140 victims, all attributable to the violent sector linked to the extreme right; and the headquarters of the Ombudsman's Office were stoned, two of which were devastated by people who were paid and armed to commit criminal acts outside the law.

Ojeda case: a false flag operation

The prosecutor also referred to the case of Lieutenant Ronald Ojeda, who was murdered in Chile, under strange circumstances. He specified that at all times they have cooperated with the southern country's prosecutor's office, but the cooperation has not been reciprocal.

In this regard, he said that "we are concerned about the political use that has been made of this case."

Several questions were asked: Why did Ojeda, who was in Chile as a refugee, leave the country through illegal passages? Why did one of the suspects - in his death - have numerous investigations open for kidnapping in Chile and was never arrested? Why has Chile, through its official channels, police or the prosecutor's office, not wanted to provide information that would allow the location of the suspects who they say would be in Venezuela? Why did prosecutor Barros link the Aragua Train? and then he stated that it was a very different operation from what this organization does, due to size, modus operandi and results?

He indicated that the Chilean Prosecutor's Office has not provided absolutely anything and has not wanted to provide information that would allow the location of the suspects.

He indicated that he does not rule out that it was an operation carried out by foreign agents to hinder Venezuela's relations with Chile.

“We consider that Ojeda's murder is a false flag operation. An operation that had the objective of clouding relations between Chile and Venezuela, just when a very important rapprochement was taking place. What a coincidence,” he indicated.

In Saab's opinion, the motive for the crime is political but not "the one that has been discussed in the Chilean media and that the Chilean prosecutor's office has not wanted to deny or corroborate," he added while recalling that after learning of Ojeda's kidnapping, "a “A fugitive from Venezuelan justice spoke out from Miami to impose a matrix on who would be the perpetrators of the kidnapping.”

He reported that they are aware that there are people involved in all stages of the incident who may belong to “intelligence organizations from third countries.”

Finally, he said that the Venezuelan authorities are the most interested in clarifying the crime and that the directors of the prosecution have at all times confirmed to their Chilean counterparts their willingness to cooperate. "We hope that our request for international criminal assistance will be responded to with the same diligence that we have acted upon Chile's requests."

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