Venezuela: Former American soldiers jailed over failed coup

2020-08-08 | Since 5 Month

A Venezuelan court has sentenced two former American soldiers to 20 years in jail for trying to overthrow President Nicolás Maduro.

Luke Denman and Airan Berry were found guilty of conspiracy, illicit trafficking of weapons and terrorism.

The pair were among 13 people arrested in May as they attempted to enter Venezuela by sea from Colombia.

Attorney General Tarek William Saab said proceedings will continue against others accused of assisting the raid.

In a tweet, Mr Saab shared images of vehicles, weapons and identity documents, and said the American "mercenaries" had "admitted their responsibility for the facts".

US President Donald Trump, long an opponent of socialist President Maduro, has denied accusations by Venezuela that he was behind the incident.

The US backs opposition leader Juan Guaidó and recognises him as the country's legitimate leader.



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