US offers $15m reward for Maduro arrest

Nellie Chapman
March 26, 2020

The Trump administration is expected to designate Venezuela as a state sponsor of terrorism as soon as Thursday and bring charges against the country's president, Nicolás Maduro, according to five sources familiar with the situation, in a momentous move that will mark a modern low point in relations between the U.S. and the ailing socialist state.

The US State Department announced rewards for information leading to the arrest of the Venezuelan president and several other politicians.

The Southern District of Florida also charged the head of the Venezuelan Supreme Court Chief Justice Maiekel Moreno of money laundering, officials said during the news conference.

"These individuals violated the public trust by facilitating shipments of narcotics from Venezuela, including control over planes that leave from a Venezuelan air base", it added.

"The Maduro regime is awash in corruption and criminality", Attorney General William Barr said at a news conference in Washington Thursday.

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The indictment of a functioning head of state is highly unusual and is bound to ratchet up tensions between Washington and Caracas.

The indictments against Maduro, a sitting head of state who isn't recognized by the US and dozens of other nations, would be the first since the USA issued charges against former Panamanian strongman Manuel Noriega. But Maduro has remained in power, backed by the country's military and by Russia, China and Cuba.

The US' chances of actually arresting and prosecuting Maduro are slim, though Barr did say that the Justice Department is "exploring all options" when it comes to apprehending the Venezuelan leader.

The indictment against Maduro, a sitting head of state, would be the first since the U.S. issued charges against former Panamanian strongman Manuel Noriega.

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