Venezuela linked to terror groups

Accused by Spain of aiding Basques, Colombians

Martin Arostegui
Washington Times

Accusations by Spanish authorities that Venezuela aided an alliance between Basque and Colombian terror groups that plotted joint attacks in Colombia and Spain have revived a debate over Venezuela’s possible role as a state sponsor of terrorism.

A Feb. 24 indictment issued by Judge Eloy Velasco of Spain’s anti-terrorism court specifically cites “Venezuelan governmental cooperation” with 12 members of the Basque separatist group ETA and guerrillas of the Marxist Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).

The groups have been accused of training together to make sophisticated bombs and of plotting to assassinate Colombian President Alvaro Uribe with the support of Venezuelan officials…

…Venezuela’s leftist President Hugo Chavez has reacted angrily to the latest charges.

“I have nothing to explain to [Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez] Zapatero or anyone else on this planet,” he told reporters after the judge’s indictment. He called the court findings “daring accusations without the slightest proof.” …

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