Juan Guaido says Maduro forces kidnapped his chief of staff

Source: Washington Examiner | March 21, 2019 | Daniel Jativa

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido said agents of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s intelligence apparatus detained his chief of staff and personal lawyer in a raid early Thursday morning.

Guaido, who is backed by the U.S. and its regional allies as interim president, sent out an early-morning alert about the “kidnapping” of Roberto Marrero on Twitter.

“To the people of Venezuela and the international community: At 2:24am, agents from the SEBIN (Maduro’s intelligence force) raided the homes of the Deputy and party chief Sergio Vergara and of my chief and lawyer Roberto Marrero. At this moment, they remain kidnapped in their homes,” Guaido said.

A follow-up tweet from Guaido said a neighbor witnessed Maduro’s forces planting two rifles and a grenade in Marrero’s home and Marrero’s whereabouts are unknown.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called for Marrero’s immediate release.

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