Ex-Venezuela general charged with drug trafficking surrenders to USRetired general Cliver Alcala turned himself in to the Colombians, who in turn handed him over to US authorities, the El Tiempo de Bogota newspaper saidBOGOTA - A retired Venezuelan general has turned himself over to Colombian authorities after the United States charged him with drug-trafficking and offered a reward for his capture, local media said on Saturday. Cliver Alcala turned himself in on Friday to the Colombians, who in turn handed him over to US authorities, the El Tiempo de Bogota newspaper said. Washington on Thursday indicted Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and several current and former top government officials for "narco-terrorism" and offered a $15 million reward for information leading to Maduro's capture. Along with Maduro, 14 top Venezuelan officials past and present were charged with drug-trafficking by the US, amongst them Alcala, who was a close collaborator of Maduro's predecessor, the late socialist firebrand Hugo Chavez. The series of indictments against top Venezuelan officials is the latest attempt by President Donald Trump's administration to force Maduro from power.
Source: Bangkok Post March 28, 2020 18:00 UTC