US Offers $5M Bounty for Arrest of Venezuela Chief Justice

US Offers $5M Bounty for Arrest of Venezuela Chief Justice

The United States has announced a five million dollar (4.37 million euro) reward for information leading to the arrest and trial of Venezuelan Supreme Court President Maikel Moreno.

In a statement, the US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, also accused Moreno – considered close to the Caracas regime, of involvement in “significant corruption”.

Pompeo said Maikel received “bribes to influence the outcome” of criminal and civil cases in Venezuela and was accused by the US court of “money laundering”.

“Maikel personally received ‘gloves’ in cash and material goods to influence civil and criminal cases ”. He received ‘gloves’ in exchange for judicial decisions ”, favoring the release of several defendants or the classification of certain cases, added the American Secretary of State.

The decision “reaffirms the United States’ commitment to fighting corruption and transnational organized crime in Venezuela”, underlined Pompeo.

Donald Trump’s government has multiplied sanctions and pressures on Venezuela’s political leaders to try to oust Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, whom Washington does not recognize legitimacy.

Nicolas Maduro succeeded Hugo Chávez when he temporarily assumed the Presidency of the Republic in 2012.