Three people have been sentenced to the maximum sentence for their participation, according to Venezuelan justice, in an assassination attempt on President Nicolas Maduro in 2018 using explosive drones.
Three people accused of attempting to assassinate Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro in 2018 with explosive drones have been sentenced to 30 years in prison, the maximum sentence in the country.
Retired soldiers Juan Carlos Marrufo and Juan Francisco Rodriguez, who were major and colonel respectively, as well as Maria Delgado Tabosky were sentenced for “terrorism, treason to the homeland and association of criminals”, according to a family source who requested the anonymity to AFP.
Maria Delgado Tabosky, 48, holder of Venezuelan and Spanish nationalities, is the sister of Osman Delgado Tabosky, an American resident accused by the Maduro government of having financed the attempted attack against the leader.
He allegedly provided two drones that exploded near a dais where Nicolas Maduro was standing while presiding over a military ceremony on August 4, 2018 in Caracas.
Juan Carlos Marrufo, 52-year-old Venezuelan-Italian, is the husband of Maria Delgado Tabosky.
The family assured AFP that they had “nothing to do with the facts” and had “simply been arrested because they are relatives of a person allegedly connected” to the attack. The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention said in 2019 that the detention of Maria Delgado Tabosky and Juan Carlos Marrufo was “arbitrary”.
17 other defendants in the case, including former opposition MP Juan Requesens, were sentenced in August to terms ranging from five to 30 years in prison.
Some of them, including Juan Requesens, had admitted having taken part in the assassination attempt.
As early as August 4, the day of the attack, Nicolas Maduro had accused the Venezuelan opposition and former Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos of being behind this fomented attack, according to Caracas, with funds from the United States. Bogota and Washington have denied any involvement in the affair.
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