A multimillionaire Venezuelan businessman, currently jailed in Caracas on bank fraud charges, had been sent to Cuba by President Hugo Chávez to help the country recover from its economic slump and also to spur economic growth on the island after Fidel Castro dies, according to former employees.
In an initial show of his new responsibility, looking for a personal benefit from future business in Cuba, Ricardo Fernández Barruecos gave the Cuban government a gift of 28 BMW automobiles, his former security consultant Luis Castro said in a sworn statement.
Castro told El Nuevo Herald that Fernández, envisioning brilliant prospects for his business in Cuba, also earned the support of Raúl Castro to open up the island’s economy after the death of his brother Fidel.
…But for some leaders of the opposition in Venezuela, Chávez’s admiration went beyond his gratitude for Fernández’s support of his socialist program.
They claim that Adan Chávez, the president’s brother, received a cut of the businessman’s success.
“[Fernández] is a frontman for Adan Chávez,” said dissident Ismael García, of the pro-democracy group PODEMOS, on Nov. 24 during a session of the Venezuela National Assembly.
via Hugo Chávez drafted banker in fraud case to fix Cuba’s economy, insiders say – Venezuela – MiamiHerald.com.
And this guy then accusses the West for the Iranian riots. Is there any country in South America where this guy hasn’t tried to meddle?
Of course, US is complaining he doesn’t “cooperate fully” in antiterrorism efforts. He has been harboring terrorists of several nationalities over the years (not only Colombian ones but also ETA’s):
The extensive paper entitled “Country Reports on Terrorism 2008″, published last April, warned of the situation in Venezuela due to “President Chávez’s ideological sympathy for the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and the National Liberation Army (ELN)” which has “limited Venezuelan cooperation with Colombia in combating terrorism.”
For the Unites States, Venezuela’s relationship with Iran is also troubling. The report stated that “Iran and Venezuelan continued weekly flights connecting Tehran and Damascus with Caracas. Passengers on these flights were reportedly subject to only cursory immigration and customs controls at Venezuelan airports.”
He has not shown any sings of repentance, so it’s not probable he is going to hand over all the terrorists and be a good boy.