Venezuela’s first lady accuses US of kidnapping her nephews

Venezuela's first lady claims her two nephews have been kidnapped by US as part of ongoing smear campaign

Photo by: AFP
Photo by: AFP

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro and first lady Cilia Flores in March.

Venezuela’s first lady Cilia Flores claimed on Tuesday that her two nephews were kidnapped by US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).  

Flores said the United States is going to any length to fend off socialists from the power in the country.  

"We have evidence that the DEA was here on Venezuelan territory violating our sovereignty and committing crimes on our territory," she said.

"The DEA committed the crime of kidnapping, which the (legal) defense will prove."

The United States embassy in Caracas has not made a comment yet for the accusations.

Her nephews, Franqui Flores de Freitas, 30, and Efrain Campo Flores, 29 met with a DEA informant in Honduras in October and asked for help in sending 800 kilos of cocaine to the United States. After that they were arrested in Haiti in November.

Following their arrest, the pair were charged for conspiring to traffic cocaine in New York.

Opposition critics who called the pair as "narconephews," said that they were smuggled drugs from neighboring Colombia toward the United States and Europe.

US prosecutors have already investigated several top Venezuelan officials before for drug charges however it is the first time in November attempt President Nicolas Maduro's near kin has been targeted, bringing him under suspicion on the public eye.

They have tried to link high-ranking government officials to make it look like Venezuela is complacent with the drug trade, and it turns out that major drug traffickers are arrested here," Flores claimed.

TRTWorld and agencies