Well, that didn’t take long!
Hugo Carvajal, a.k.a. “El Pollo” (the chicken), the Venezuelan consul candidate accused of providing weapons to the FARC, working with Iranian intelligence, and who’s under investigation for his role on the attacks to the Colombian consulate and the Jewish center in Caracas, was released by Aruban authorities, after Holland decided he did qualify for diplomatic immunity but declared him person non-grata.
This is yet another instance where America is perceived as weak, since
The arrest was based on a formal request from the United States. [Aruba's chief prosecutor Peter] Blanken said Aruba was “obliged to cooperate” because of a treaty with the United States.
Carvajal immediately flew back to Caracas, in time to attend the PSUV congress and walk into Nicolas Maduro’s arms:
The thing is that the swift, I repeat the word, retrieval of Carvajal means that not only the army has acted but also the drug traffickers, and all the thugs that could be affected
Raúl Stolk, in a post titled Chicken Run,
This, of course, raises a bunch of questions:
- Has the US anything to say? What about the request for extradition?
- Jose Ignacio Hernandez explained at Prodavinci that immunity alone would not suffice to protect Carvajal if the reason for his detention was not related to his functions as head of the Venezuelan Consulate in Aruba. Then, why would the Dutch just go with Venezuela’s lame arguments to release the man?
- Does everybody fear Diosdado? (Damn!)
- Is dealing drugs ok now?
Miguel Octavio has a lot more questions:
-Why did Maduro want to name Carvajal as Consul to Aruba specifically? Is it related to the island being an offshore financial center?
-Why would a legal resident of the US, lend or lease his US company’s jet to someone in the US drug kingpin list in the Patriot’s Act era?
Juan Cristobal Nagel asks, Is there a link between Petrocaribe and Carvajal?
The Caribbean economies are mighty fragile. The last thing the US, the Netherlands, and other colonial powers need … is for Maduro’s instability to spill over into the islands.
Interesting question, but I think Nagel may overestimate U.S. influence on this issue.
More from Venezuela-Europa:
So: the man in charge of the foreign relations for the Kingdom of the Netherlands took the decision to liberate a man who
- came in with a false passport,
- had over $20000 with him and had not declared that money
- had not received the placet to become a consul,
- was accused by the US of having tortured and murdered two Colombian officials, of having helped a terrorist organisation and being responsible for cocaine trafficking.
To keep the caged bird from singing?