CICPC Director Wilmer Flores Trosel held a press conference on 28 February where he:
*Speculated without any empirical evidence that unnamed “guerrilla groups” may have kidnapped German Garcia Velutini.
*Complained that the CICPC’s investigations “have been obstructed” by the Garcia Velutini family’s refusal to speak with CICPC detectives. (Who can blame the family, considering there is a very strong chance corrupt Venezuelan cops could be involved in the abduction?)
*Acknowledged the CICPC is completely clueless about who kidnapped the banker. (Dumb move; makes the CICPC look like the bumbling cops of Reno 911).
CICPC investigators “have not discarded the possibility that some guerrilla group could have participated with perhaps some criminal group operating in Venezuela,” he said.
What? Maybe it was “guerrillas” or “criminals” or a strategic partnership of guerrillas and criminals? But CICPC really hasn’t a single viable clue five days after Garcia Velutini was snatched in broad daylight by 8-10 men in business suits because the family isn’t cooperating with police investigators?
Based on the CICPC director’s remarks, it appears the family is doing exactly what it’s supposed to do in situations like this:
(1) Say nothing to anyone, especially the police because there is a strong chance the kidnappers may have one or more links to the police, and
(2) Leave the matter in the hands of the security experts who work for the family.
Flores Trosel said investigators suspect the kidnappers could be “guerrillas” because of the way they operated and dressed. “Es una organización que tiene mucha trayectoria y finanzas,” he added.
If “guerrillas” were involved, as Flores Trosel speculates, the chief suspects would be the FARC and/or ELN.
If the FARC and/or ELN are involved, it can be inferred that the government of President Hugo Chavez is involved at some level.
And if the FARC and/or ELN are responsible, it also can be inferred that Garcia Velutini’s abduction has strong underlying political motives.
Garcia Velutini is related to Banco Venezolano de Credito President Oscar Garcia Mendoza, who has been a strong critic of the corrupt Chavez regime for a decade.
Banco Venezolano de Credito is the oldest Venezuelan-owned bank in the country. It is one of the two or three healthiest and best-managed banks in Venezuela, with a reputation for banking excellence and integrity which is over a century old.
Its majority shareholders belong to the elite wealthy class of Venezuelan families which some historians call the “Amos del Valle.”
Garcia Velutini was abducted less than a month after La Piedrita leader Valentin Santana announced that Radio Caracas/1BC Group director Marcel Granier would be executed by the group’s killers at the first possible opportunity.
The abduction also happened just over a month after 12-15 armed thugs burst into the Synagogue at Mariperez and stole computers containing a detailed data base on every Jewish family in Venezuela, including their home and business addresses. The stolen data base still has not been recovered.
Three developments since 27 February tend to reinforce the CICPC director’s speculation that “guerrillas” could have participated in the abduction of Garcia Velutini.
First, on 27 February Mexican federal police authorities said members of the FARC are suspected of being involved in the fast-growing kidnapping industry in that country.
Second, on 2 March Bogota’s RCN radio reported that nine of the FARC’s top 31 leaders, including 7 members of the FARC’s highest-level Secretariat, currently are hiding in Venezuela, including Rodrigo Londoño (aka “Timoleón Jiménez”), Luciano Marín (”Iván Márquez”), Emilio Cabrera Díaz (”Bertulio”), Marcelino Trujillo (”Martín Villa”), Orley Jurado Palomino (”Hermes Aguilera”), Abelardo Caicedo (”Solis Almeida”), Rodrigo Granda (”Ricardo”), Jesús Santrich and Luis Alberto Albán (”Marco León Calarcá”).
Third, Colombian armed forces commander General Freddy Padilla de Leon said on 2 March that the FARC’s command/control systems have collapsed following the death in March 2008 of Luis Édgar Devia aka Raúl Reyes. The FARC, he said, are “defeated politically, isolated, they don’t have any support from Colombia society, which rejects them. International polls (of Colombians) show the FARC does not have even 1% support. Internationally (the FARC) have been declared terrorists… There is enormous corruption in the interior of the FARC. There is no command and control…a few years ago they had jungle palaces with swimming pools, (but) today they’re in caves like rats.”
If Colombia’s military and political intelligence services know that nine of the FARC’s top leaders are hiding in Venezuela, it’s certain that the Chavez regime’s military and political intelligence entities also know exactly where these militants are located in Venezuela.
It’s also certain that the nine FARC leaders, and their personal security details, have false identities complete with legally issued Venezuelan identity and citizenship papers provided by the Chavez regime.
Historically, it’s a fact that almost everywhere in Latin America that the FARC has a longtime presence, its operatives in those countries (Paraguay, Mexico, Ecuador) eventually are implicated directly in kidnappings.
But this doesn’t mean the FARC (or ELN) were, in fact, responsible for Garcia Velutini’s abduction.
There are many lethal Venezuelans with longtime associations both to the Chavez regime, and to militant-criminal-military-police elements, capable of executing a sophisticated kidnapping operation for political reasons.
One of these individuals has been Interior & Justice Minister twice. Another is a longtime black ops specialist for Chavez with a folkloric nickname (Guasipati) which belies his reputation for ferocity.
What advantage is there to the Chavez regime in, say, encouraging actions like this?
It creates fear, confusion, chaos, instability in some groups the Chavez regime has targeted for eradication/expropriation.
It sends a terrifying message that anyone, anywhere, anytime can be snatched and disappeared in seconds.
It confirms that the government allows – even supports – criminal groups like La Piedrita, the Tupamaros, the Alexis Vive Commando and Lina Ron’s thug bikers, yet simultaneously fails completely to protect the populace from being preyed upon.