Chile investigates alleged kidnapping of a Venezuelan in Santiago who may be ex-military – Latin America – International

He Government of Chile confirmed this Wednesday the kidnapping of a Venezuelan citizen and decreed the strengthening of its borders to prevent him from being taken out of the country.

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The Vice Minister of the Interior, Manuel Monsalve, reported after an emergency meeting at the government palace the kidnapping in the early hours of this Wednesday of the Venezuelan citizen, who the media identified as retired military officer Ronald Ojeda Moreno.

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“The first thing I want to report is that there was indeed a kidnapping of a Venezuelan citizen during the early hours, as I believe is public knowledge, in the commune of Independencia” in Santiago, Molsalve told the press.

The first thing I want to report is that there was indeed a kidnapping of a Venezuelan citizen during the early morning hours.

The meeting at the government palace was attended by the Minister of the Interior, Carolina Tohá; of Foreign Affairs, Alberto Van Klaveren, and of Justice, Luis Cordero.

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The undersecretary acknowledged that in the face of this fact “the government takes charge of all the hypotheses” that have arisen in this case, for which it raised an alert before Interpol and decreed the protection of the borders.

Press media indicate that among the theories being investigated is the possible participation of members of the Venezuelan government’s intelligence services.

“The government takes charge of all possible hypotheses. In this context, during the morning the Government has asked the police to reinforce border controls, both the Carabineros (police) and the PDI (Investigative Police),” said Molsalve. .

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Also, the official added, “it has been requested to raise an Interpol alert, a matter that has already been done.”

However, Molsalve emphasized: “The responsibilities, motivations and hypotheses regarding a crime of this complexity must be confirmed or discarded by the Public Ministry within the framework of the investigation.”

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Earlier, the Special Anti-Kidnapping Police Investigation Brigade (BIPE) of the Investigative Police (PDI) reported through a brief note that he is in charge of the investigation, although he cannot provide “further background information” because the investigation “was declared secret”.

The authority recalled that the BIPE is in charge of “carrying out the proceedings to clarify this case” and insisted that the investigation was declared “secret” by the Prosecutor’s Office, so “it is impossible to provide details.”

The government takes charge of all possible hypotheses. In this context, during the morning the Government has asked the police to reinforce border controls.

Although the information is not entirely clear at the moment, the Carabineros (Militarized Police) and the PDI confirmed that they are investigating the complaint that Ojeda’s family would have filed with the Public Ministry.

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Versions circulating in Chilean media indicate that, apparently, uniformed men posed as immigration officials and took Ojeda, who was asylum in Chile and was at that time at his home in Santiago.

Nicolás Maduro, president of Venezuela, next to a portrait of Hugo Chávez.

He Channel 13 of Chile reported that The police carried out expert reports on a car that was abandoned on the Costanera Norte highway in the commune of Independencia, in which they found several cell phones and bulletproof vests..

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The disappearance of Ronald Ojeda Moreno was made publicly known by criminal investigator Iván Simonovis, who reported that “early today (this Wednesday) DGCIM officials posed as Chilean immigration officials and kidnapped Lt. Ronald Ojeda Moreno. His whereabouts are unknown,” he wrote on the social network X.

Simonovis is Juan Guaidó’s former Special Intelligence Security Commissioner.

In his X profile, Ronald Ojeda Moreno describes himself as a “former political prisoner” and “officer of the Venezuelan Armed Forces.” Furthermore, he mentions in his biography the “Sakharov Prize 2017”, an award given by the European Parliament to the Venezuelan opposition and political prisoners.

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Ojeda states in that profile that On March 25, 2017, the Venezuelan regime “kidnapped” him. On that occasion, he mentions, they transferred him to a facility of the country’s General Directorate of Military Counterintelligence (DGCIM), where he was tortured. On November 30, 2017, he fled and went into exile in Chile.

Chile is home to a large community of Venezuelan citizens, estimated at one million people. The authorities are also investigating the operation in Chile of international organized crime gangs, such as the Tren de Aragua.

INTERNATIONAL EDITORIAL
*With information from EFE and AFP

 
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