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Posada Carriles Associate Confesses Was Paid to Destabilise Venezuela

by Tamara Pearson
July 9, 2010
Reprinted from Venezuelanalysis

Chávez Abarca after his arrest.

Merida, July 8th, 2010 ( – Francisco Chavez Abarca, who was recently extradited to Cuba, confessed to having been contracted by Luis Posada Carriles to carry out destabilising acts in Venezuela in the lead-up to the September national assembly elections.

Chavez Abarca, on arriving at Caracas international airport last Thursday, was transported to the SEBIN (Bolivarian Intelligence Service) headquarters for questioning.

Footage obtained by Telesur shows Chavez Abarca’s arrival at the airport then it shows him being led away by airport officials after his passport was discovered to be false and that there was an Interpol code red on him by Cuba.

Telesur footage also shows the suspect responding to questions by SEBIN. When asked who was his superior, Chavez Abarca replied, “Luis Posda Carriles.”

“Where does he give orders from? Where is he?” The officer asked.

“I don’t know because I haven’t talked with him since ’97.”

“How do you receive instructions?”

“Through Daniel.”

Daniel Barrundia, according to Radio Mundial, is connected to the Counter-revolutionary Cuban-American Foundation, located in Miami.

The officer then asked Chavez Abarca how he knew there was contact between Barrundia and Posada, and Chavez Abarca responded, “I know how he talks, I know how he acts, I know how he thinks. I know what he could say and what he wouldn’t.”

Chavez Abarca allegedly came to Venezuela to study what disturbance he could cause in order to sabotage the government’s chances in September’s parliamentary elections. In response to a question about what sort of actions he was planning, he said, “Riots. Riots... tire burning... riots in the street...the other thing that could be done is attack one political party... so the (pro-Chavez) parties start fighting.”

According to the SEBIN, Chavez Abarca received his instructions via email, which suggested meeting three people, two of them Venezuelans, in a restaurant near the airport.

Finally, Chavez Abarca said his fee for the work was up to him.

Venezuelan legislator Juan Mendoza and other Venezuelan authorities have publically accused Chavez Abarca of wanting to commit a “wave of terrorist attempts” in Venezuela and he also criticised the lack of coverage of the issue by the private Venezuelan press, saying it was suspicious.

However, the private media have given a lot of coverage to comments by Chavez Abarca’s wife, Karla Trigueros, who accused Cuba and Venezuelan intelligence agencies of forcefully bringing her husband to Venezuela from Guatemala as part of a “secret operation”.

Venezuela deported Chavez Abarca to Cuba yesterday, but said they would continue investigating the case, to discover who he had been planning on working with.

Retired Cuban general, Fabian Escalante, said the Venezuelan government’s decision to extradite Chavez Abarca was positive and elaborated, “This is a character who has been trained by the best schools of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and by the Bin Laden of the Western Hemisphere, Luis Posada Carriles, who is guilty of the attacks against Cuban tourist installations in 1997.”

Escalante said that Chavez Abarca would be subject to a “fair and transparent” trial in Cuba.

After Chavez Abarca was deported, minister for the interior and justice affairs, Tarek El Aissami, told the media that Venezuela maintains a serious struggle against terrorism. “It’s a commitment peace, to ...the real struggle against criminal organisations dedicated to killing, to creating panic among our peoples,” said El Aissami.

According to Mendoza, Chavez Abarca, a Salvadoran citizen, was the “head of organised crime in El Salvador”. In the 1990s he was allegedly involved in drug trafficking, arms sales, and counterfeiting. In April 1997 he was accused of setting bombs off in a hotel in Havana, on two separate occasions. He also apparently set off a bomb in Mexico that year and contracted a mercenary, Ernesto Cruz Leon, to carry out terrorist missions in Cuba. Cruz Leon later confessed to setting off bombs in hotels in Cuba, which resulted in the death of one Italian.

Posada Carriles is a nationalized Venezuelan who is wanted for his responsibility for the attack on a Cuban plane in 1976 that left 73 passengers dead. He is currently in Miami where he is being protected by the U.S government, which, going against international law, refuses to extradite him.

A key opposition strategy in recent years before elections has been to cause violent riots, as well as scarcity of certain food items, combined with media campaigns to create a sense of dissatisfaction and insecurity among the Venezuelan population.

Also on Tuesday, president Hugo Chavez announced that alleged drug trafficker Carlos Renteria, who is wanted in Colombia, had been captured by Venezuelan authorities the day before. Renteria is also wanted in the United States for conspiring to import, possess, and distribute cocaine, El Correo Del Orinoco reported.

According to El Espectador, the US state department is offering 5 million for his capture, and on Tuesday Chavez announced that Renteria will be extradited to the U.S.

Venezuela Extradites Terrorist Chavez Abarca to Cuba

Cuba requests Abarca´s extradition under the red code for being responsible of bomb attacks in Havana

by Luis Chirino
July 7, 2010
Reprinted from ACN

TVenezuela´s President Hugo Chavez announced on Tuesday that Salvadorian terrorist Francisco Chavez Abarca will be extradited to Cuba over the next few hours. The island is requesting his extradition under Red Code for his responsibility in the execution of terrorist attacks in Havana.

“Over the next few hours he (Chavez Abarca) will be sent to Cuba by means of Interpol,” said Chavez during the 8 th Venezuela-Ecuador Presidential Meeting, la radio del Sur webpage reported.

Chavez Abarca was imprisoned in El Salvador for two years for his leadership of a gang dedicated to stealing cars, but the Salvadorian justice did not judge him for other international crimes.

Abarca and 21 members of his gang were arrested for charges of criminal deception and theft of vehicles. Authorities assured that the gang was one of the main structures of organized crime dedicated to stealing vehicles at national level and in Central America.

But a judge released Chavez Abarca on October 28, 2007 despite his crimes. However, Abarca did not have to respond for his role as main accomplice of Luis Posada Carriles in a campaign against Cuba, which was not referred to at the Salvadorian court of justice despite repeated denunciations in that respect.

In the 1990s, Chavez Abarca was accused of drug trafficking, and of selling fire weapons and fake money in Guatemala. He used false names such as Manuel Gonzalez, Roberto Solorzano and William Gonzalez, and he made three brief trips to Cuba in April and May of 1997 to carry out terrorist attacks.

In 1997, the terrorist planted and activated a 600-gram C-4 bomb that damaged the restrooms of the Ache disco at the Melia Cohiba Hotel, in Havana, Cuba on April 12 that year. On April 30th a 401-gram C-4 bomb was deactivated after the Salvadorian terrorist had planted it in a flower pot on the 15th floor of the Melia Cohiba Hotel.

On May 24, while Chavez Abarca was staying in Mexico, another bomb blast occurred at the entrance of the office of Cuba´s Cubanacan Corporation in that country. Also in 1997, under the indications of Posada Carriles, Francisco Chavez Abarca hired mercenary Rene Cruz Leon and gave him the mission of carrying out terrorist actions in Cuba. Later, Cruz Leon made two trips to Cuba and activated bombs in Cuban hotels; one of those bombs killed young Italian tourist Fabio di Celmo on September 4, 1997.

International and confessed terrorist Luis Posada Carriles, accused of having masterminded the bombing of a Cuban airplane in mid air, which killed all 73 people on board in 1976, enjoys freedom in Miami, the United States, despite the fact that Venezuela has requested his extradition in several occasions.

Hugo Chavez also confirmed the arrest in Caracas of Colombian drug capo Carlos Renteria, who will be extradited to the United States. “He is Colombian but the United States wants it,” said Chavez in a brief comment on the case. The US State Department was offering a 5-million-dollar reward for Carlos Alberto Renteria.

Bombing suspect arrives in Cuba to face charges

July 7, 2010
Reprinted from Reuters

HAVANA (Reuters) - A Salvadorean man arrested in Venezuela last week was flown to Cuba on Wednesday to face charges that he carried out bombings of Cuban hotels in 1997.

Cuban television showed a disheveled, manacled Francisco Chavez Abarca emerging from a plane at the Havana airport where he was met by Cuban authorities.

A statement from Cuba's Foreign Ministry said Chavez would undergo investigation for his part in the bombings, one of which killed an Italian tourist.

He is accused of being a member of an anti-communist group trained and directed by Cuban exile and former CIA operative Luis Posada Carriles.

Venezuelan authorities detained him at the Caracas airport on Thursday under an Interpol arrest warrant requested by Cuba,

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said.

He was in Venezuela to commit disruptive acts before legislative elections in September, officials said.

Posada Carriles, who lives in Miami, is wanted in Cuba and Venezuela for supposedly masterminding the bombing of a Cubana Airlines jet that killed 73 people, as well as involvement in the hotel bombings, which were aimed at destabilizing Cuba and scaring away tourists.

He was convicted of the plane bombing in Venezuela, but escaped from prison in 1985.

Cuba and Venezuela have repeatedly demanded his extradition from the United States, without success.

Posada Carriles was arrested in the United States in 2005 on immigration charges, but is out of jail awaiting trial next January in El Paso, Texas.




El "arresto de Francisco Abarca es un gran paso", afirma familia de víctima

por Jean Guy Allard
4 de julio de 2010
Tomado de

Para la familia de Fabio Di Celmo, víctima de la campaña de terrorismo desencadenada en 1997 por Luis Posada Carriles, el arresto en Venezuela del brazo derecho del terrorista, Francisco “El Panzón” Chávez Abarca, constituye “un gran paso para obtener justicia”.

“Ahora, mientras los responsables de haber ejecutado la orden de cometer actos de terrorismo contra Cuba en 1997 están encarcelados, lo que queda por resolver es el caso del cerebro de la operación, Luis Posada Carriles, protegido por Estados Unidos”, declaró en entrevista Livio Di Celmo, desde Canadá.

El 4 de septiembre de 1997, Fabio Di Celmo fue víctima de un atentado en el hotel Copacabana, de La Habana. Arrestado ese mismo día, Raúl Ernesto Cruz León, un mercenario salvadoreño, reconoció que había instalado la bomba, y que había sido reclutado el 12 de junio de 1997 y luego entrenado por Chávez Abarca, bajo orientación de Luis Posada Carriles.

“Evidentemente, los que financiaron estos atentados de 1997 tendrán también que ser arrestados y llevados ante los tribunales”, añadió el portavoz de la familia Di Celmo, refiriéndose a los directivos de la Fundación Nacional Cubano Americana, organización de Miami creada hace décadas por la CIA.

“Gracias al compromiso de las autoridades de Venezuela, “El Panzón” Chávez Abarca ha sido interceptado. Creo profundamente que esto resulta del espíritu revolucionario del pueblo venezolano y del personal presente en el aeropuerto como de su actual líder que esto se produjo”, afirmó Di Celmo.

“Hubiera sido en un país bajo influencia del imperialismo, este terrorista no hubiera sido arrestado”, subrayó al afirmar que quedaba mucho por hacer.

“¿Permitirá la captura de “El Panzón” y el esclarecimiento de su relación con Posada, identificar a los en el Gobierno de Estados Unidos apoyan a tales terroristas?”, preguntó el hermano de Fabio Di Celmo.

“¿Cuando serán liberados los Cinco cubanos presos en cárceles de Estados Unidos por haber infiltrado a organizaciones terroristas de Miami? Cuando se dará cuenta el pueblo norteamericano del lado diabólico de sus elites del poder?”, concluyó.

Chávez Abarca confesó haber sido contratado por Posada Carriles

7 de julio de 2010
Tomado de Telesur

El terrorista de nacionalidad salvadoreña, Francisco Chávez Abarca, confesó haber sido contratado por el prófugo Luis Posada Carriles para realizar actos desestabilizadores en Venezuela, y reveló que su enlace fue el guatelmateco, Daniel Barrundia, relacionado con la Fundación Contrarevolucionaria Cubano-Americana, ubicada en la ciudad de Miami, al sureste de Estados Unidos.

Al ser interrogado sobre quién estaba dirigiendo sus movimientos en las operaciones, Chávez Abarca contestó "Luis Posada Carriles", posteriormente, un funcionario venezolano le preguntó sobre el paradero de este terrorista antirrevolucionario, a lo que el detenido contestó: "no sé, porque yo tengo desde el 97 de no hablar con él", además indicó que las órdenes las seguía "por medio de Daniel (Barrundia)".

Asimismo, Chávez Abarca confesó que recibía instrucciones en clave a través de un correo electrónico donde mencionaba el restaurant "El Caney del Chivo" ubicado cerca del Aeropuerto Internacional Simón Bolívar de Maiquetía, específicamente en la localidad de Catia la Mar (norte de Caracas) donde se encontraría con tres personas, entre ellos dos venezolanos para iniciar con el plan desestabilizador.

Uno de los correos electrónicos encontrado en la cuenta de Chávez Abarca dice: "que la muchachita traiga fotos de permisos de conducir para que conozca la universidad rapidito"- refiriéndose esto a Venezuela- "que acá la cosa está bien difícil", la idea era planificar el caos.

Según el terrorista, en esa reunión se buscaba planificar disturbios y evaluar los sitios donde se pudieran iniciar.

"A usted le pueden decir 'mire necesito esto', equis, y usted dice... por eso es que decía allí (en el correo) para que venga a estudiar, para que venga a conocer, a estudiar en la universidad que está bien arrechito para que ellos vieran si lo que ellos me pedían se podía hacer o no", declaró en Maiquetía Abarca en el momento que fue detenido.

Entre las acciones que venía a hacer Chávez Abarca para truncar las venideras elecciones parlamentarias que se realizarán en septiembre de este año, estaban "quemas llantas, hacer disturbios de la calle y atacar a un partido político".

La idea según el detenido, era poner a pelear a movimientos de la revolución a través de las "conveniencias diferentes" que tienen.

El terrorista afirmó que los que estaban contratando estas acciones en contra del Gobierno venezolano estaban dispuestos a realizar lo que fuera necesario para lograr su cometido.

"Cuando me dijo del trabajo me dijo que había que bajar aquí en Venezuela, para hablar con ellos, pero que había plata -¿cuánta plata? interrogó el funcionario-" a lo que respondió Chávez Abarca: "yo ponía el precio".

Se presume que en este nuevo atentado contra el Gobierno del presidente Hugo Chávez están vinculados militares disidentes que participaron en las protestas realizadas en la plaza Francia de Altamira, al este de Caracas donde fallecieron varios ciudadanos en el año 2002.

De igual forma se vinculan con la operación a civiles que participaron en el golpe de Estado contra el presidente Chávez el 11 de abril de 2002.

El salvadoreño fue escoltado este miércoles por agentes del Servicio Bolivariano de Inteligencia (Sebin) hacia el avión que lo llevará a Cuba, país que lo solicitó por varios atentados terroristas en esa nación.

Minutos antes, el detenido confesó, ante las cámaras de teleSUR, que fue enviado a Venezuela para realizar acciones de conspiración y que intentó entrar al país con pasaporte falso.

"Estábamos listos para poder hacer ciertas acciones de conspiración" declaró a su salida de la sede del Sebin donde estuvo recluido desde el viernes cuando fue capturado, y confirmó que su entrada a Venezuela la realizó "de manera fraudulenta con pasaporte falso".

El terrorista participó de la mano de Posada Carriles en los atentados contra sitios turísticos en La Habana en 1997, en uno de los cuales perdió la vida el joven italiano Fabio Di Celmo.

El pasado 15 de marzo un tribunal estadounidense suspendió una vez más el juicio que se le sigue a Posada Carriles, suelto en Estados Unidos, y fue aplazado por tiempo indefinido.

Las leyes internacionales y acuerdos de extradición como por la Convención de Montreal de Actos Ilícitos contra la Aviación Civil y la Protección de Pasajeros, así como por la Convención Internacional contra Actos Terroristas Cometidos con el Uso de Bombas, obligan al Gobierno estadounidense a responder a las solicitudes venezolanas de enviar a Posada Carriles a este país para que sea enjuiciado.

Trasladado a Cuba el terrorista Francisco Antonio Chávez Abarca

por Luis Chirino
7 de julio de 2010
Tomado de ACN

La Habana, 7 jul (AIN) El terrorista de origen salvadoreño Francisco Antonio Chávez Abarca fue trasladado en la tarde de hoy, por vía aérea, a territorio cubano por parte de las autoridades venezolanas.

De acuerdo con una nota del Ministerio del Interior dada a conocer en el Noticiero Nacional de Televisión, Chávez Abarca fue detenido el pasado primero de julio en el aeropuerto de Caracas, donde se encontraba bajo identidad falsa con el propósito de realizar actividades terroristas.

Una vez establecida su verdadera identidad, y en apego a los procedimientos legales vigentes internacionalmente, las autoridades venezolanas hicieron el traslado del terrorista a La Habana en cumplimiento de la orden de circulación realizada por Cuba a la INTERPOL.

El mercenario se encuentra reclamado por la justicia cubana por ser uno de los autores de la cadena de atentados ocurridos en hoteles de la capital y Varadero en el año l997, cumpliendo órdenes del connotado terrorista Luís Posada Carriles.

El detenido será sometido a proceso investigativo y de instrucción, de acuerdo con los delitos cometidos.


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