Colombian Hitmen Chasing a $25M Bounty on Chavez’s Life?

September 27, 2009

(ChattahBox)—An unidentified Colombian man recently appeared on the Arab news network Al Jazeera, claiming he is one of thousands of Colombian para-military hitmen inside Venezuela, whose goal is to take down Venezuela President Hugo Chavez. The hitmen are reportedly chasing a $25 million bounty on the life of Chavez.

The Colombian man is reportedly in a Venezuelan jail, charged with para-military activity against the government. The tape shown on Al Jazeera was reportedly made earlier this year.

According to the so-called hitman, he along with other para-military soldiers met secretly with Chavez’s bitter enemy, Manuel Rosales 10 years ago. During that meeting Rosales said, “that he would give $25 million to kill [Chavez], but that he himself would not give the money directly,” according to the hitman man, as translated by Al Jazeera.

Rosales fled into Peru in April, after a warrant was issued for his arrest by the Venezuelan government.

The man in the Al Jazeera video further claimed that there are about 2,500 paramilitary fighters in Venezuela, all tasked with killing Chavez.

“Right now, there 2,500 paramilitaries from Colombia inside Venezuela with one objective: with the objective of taking down Chavez, with the objective of destabilizing him” a translator says on the video.

Rosalses told Al Jazeera he could not fit an interview into his schedule and the Venezuela attorney general’s office declined to comment on the man’s claims.

This latest story illustrates the escalating tension between Hugo Chavez and the Colombian government, with Chavez continually accusing the Colombian government of staging incursions into Venezuelan territory.

Colombia recently announced an agreement with the U.S., allowing additional U.S. troops at Colombian military bases, to aid in fighting the drug trade and to combat terrorism

Upon hearing of the Colombian/U.S. deal Chavez ominously said: “The winds of war [are] beginning to blow.”

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